Things have been getting just a bit rowdy in downtown Sin City, so much so that City Council finally passed a "curfew" for the area. Fremont Street is going to be fenced, with higher security and the scrutinizing of ID's to gain admission to this highly popular weekend stop. Apparently the merchants in the area, tired of the underage drinking and mischief, are pleased.
According to news sources, "Starting (last) Friday, those under 18 will be subject to a ticket of $300 if identified in an area bound by Main Street, Ogden Avenue, Bridger Avenue and Maryland Parkway, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. the next day. A current city curfew begins at midnight on weekends..The new curfew exempts teens accompanied by parents or guardians, as well as those who need to travel to the area for work or organized events.."
This doesn't seem unreasonable. Midnight is plenty late enough for those under the age of 18 to be hanging around downtown unless they are working there. 9:00 p.m. is reasonable for week nights. Some folks find it an "inconvenience" to wait in line for events in order to show their ID. What do they have to worry about and why are they so impatient? Get to your venue a bit earlier and allow for this process!
It seems as though any time there is change for the better, one that allows our police force to actively patrol and take charge of situations, there are naysayers.
Las Vegas has always had a curfew for kids, or at least as long as we have been here. The city’s general curfew for underage youth applies at all other times, and it is between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. Sunday through Thursday; and between the hours of midnight and 5:00 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. This is for the good of children and for the general public.
There is no reason for young adults/children to be out on the streets later than that in the evening and certainly no reason for them to be out and about later than 10:00 p.m. on weeknights. Even though many parents take no responsibility for their children and don't respect curfews, the final burden rests on them. If they knew where their kids where, and what they were doing, there would be no need for a city-wide curfew.
Young adults like to mix and mingle. The legal drinking age is 21, but they beg, borrow or steal alcohol to drink on the streets and the downtown merchants are tired of seeing this around their businesses. It can, and has, lead to trouble in the past.
How a more vigilant police presence can be termed a police state is beyond understanding. Most cities have curfews and children must heed them or face the consequences. Is an "inconvenience" not preferable to gang activity or a loss of life? There has to be a way to bring down the crime rate that's escalating every year. Curfews are not a bad thing. They just need to be enforced. If children have business downtown, or anywhere else in the city, their parents or a guardian should be with them or they should have a letter of exemption from their employer.