Feedback: Massena Officials Considering Curfew
Massena residents like Cody Howes say they agree with efforts to enforce a proposed curfew that would keep kids under 16 off village streets after 10 p.m.
"I think it would be a good idea, probably keep a lot of the youngsters off the street, at least being at home where they should be spending more time instead of just roaming the streets around here," Howes said.
Police Chief Timmy Currier has rewritten the village's original curfew ordinance that has been on the books since the late 1960s to deal with recent vandalism and other juvenile crimes:
"More than anything, this is less about enforcement and more about giving us a tool to keep these kids off the street and ultimately we hope it's going to reduce juvenile crime, it's going to reduce the vandalism in our parks," Currier said.
"It's going to reduce the larcenies we have in vehicles during nighttime hours," he said.
Currier says police stopped enforcing the old law nearly 20 years ago when constitutionality questions arose. The revised law would allow for an exemption if children carry a note from a parent.
Village officials are also looking into whether the curfew law should be flexible to let older kids stay out later or if should start later on weekends.
Parents of kids breaking curfew could face fines ranging from up to $50 for the first offense to $250 for three or more violations.
The proposed curfew would be subject to a public hearing and could be in place by November.
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Wednesday, May 22, 2013, Watertown, NY
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