Understanding Greensboro's Curfew Ordinance

7:48 PM, Jul 28, 2011   |    comments
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Greensboro, - Downtown Greensboro has been under a microscope after large groups of teens have started gathering and hanging out together late in the evening.

At times, those groups become violent -- hurting people and vandalizing property.

The city has an ordinance in place that bans anyone under 18 from being out without a guardian after 11 p.m.

Police Chief Ken Miller says his officers will not simply approach people who look like they're underage.

"If they're out after 11, there has to be a reason to identify them. Just because I think somebody, or an officer thinks somebody, looks young, is not a sufficient reason to demand or command identification from that person. There has to be some reasonable suspicion they are engaged in illegal behavior," Miller said.

The city's ordinance says parents and guardians can be charged and fined up to $200 if their children violate the curfew.

It also says business can face those same consequences if they cater to unsupervised teens after 11 p.m.

Police tell us they won't necessarily fine or charge everyone who they find breaking curfew. They'll use discretion, just like they do with traffic tickets.

It's also important to remember there are exceptions to the ordinance - such as if you have a guardian with you, it's ok to be out after 11:00 p.m.

To read the ordinance, click on this link: http://www.digtriad.com/news/pdf/GREENSBORO-DOWNTOWN-CURFEW-ORDINANCE.pdf

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