Parents, public asked to weigh in on tighter curfew for teens

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (April 29, 2014) — The Indianapolis City-County Council is considering a proposal that would tighten the curfew on weekends for 15-, 16- and 17-year-olds in Indianapolis.

The public is invited to weigh in on the proposed ordinance Tuesday evening at 5:30 p.m. at the Center for Leadership Development, 2425 W. Martin Luther King Jr. St.

Councilor Jeff Miller is pushing the new rules which would move the current curfew from 1 a.m. on weekends to 11 p.m.

Teenagers between 15 and 17 years old caught out between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. could face a $50 fine. Parents could also be fined.

Miller cited last summer’s violence among young people as a main reason for the new curfew.

“As we’ve researched I couldn’t find another city that had a one o’clock a.m. curfew. Some had 12, some had 11, some had even ten, but none had one. I mean it’s just too late for our kids, 15- to 17-year-olds to be out.” Miller said.

Indianapolis Metro Police Chief Rick Hite has said he would support the measure as city leaders continue looking for ways to make the city safer and curb violence.