A Miami curfew for teens under the age of 17 will now be enforced in accordance with the Juvenile Curfew Ordinance, The Miami Herald reports Feb. 28.
Within the new law put into effect Wednesday for Miami-Dade County, children 17 and under cannot be out on their own between the hours of 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. from Sunday through Thursday. Curfew hours for Friday and Saturday are from midnight until 6 a.m..
Police spokesman Willie Moreno told the Herald that despite what some might believe, the Miami curfew has nothing to do with the latest string of shootings around the city.
It will be interesting to see how the teens respond to the legally enforced curfew when school is out for spring break. The law isn't entirely new....it has been enforced over the years while students were out of school.
There are some exceptions to the Miami curfew. They include minors heading to work, going to school, and attending church or similar activities.
Curfews for teens in larger cities might be a safer way for parents and guardians to keep track of their children.