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Dunn imposes curfew for kids under 18

Posted July 10, 2008

— Teenagers and their younger siblings in Dunn have to be home by 11 p.m. – and it's because the city says so, not their parents.

The City Council approved the Youth Protection Regulations Curfew at a meeting Tuesday night, and it went into effect at 11 p.m. Wednesday.

The curfew is from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. for anyone under 18 years old.

City officials said an increase in juvenile crime and gang activity prompted the curfew.


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  • viking416 Jul 11, 2008

    This is a ridiculous waist of the Dunn PD time and expense. Glad I don't live there. Private citizens being pulled over by police because it is after 11pm? Are you kidding me? This will give the PD reason to pull anyone over after 11pm....think about it. I don't want to live like that..and I'm 45

  • carolinaheel Jul 11, 2008

    hammers are useful if you know how to use them

  • CrewMax Jul 11, 2008

    This is about as dumb as a sack of hammers.

  • SEOpro Jul 11, 2008

    "Good idea Dunn. It's sad that they had to make the law, but if parents won't be parents, someone has to. - Fuquay Resident"

    You have to look at this as a collaborative effort between good parents and officials trying to combat kids with bad ideas. I doubt anyone making a one-way trip through town (not 'cruising') will be pulled over. If you're not hanging out in a group in a parking lot at 3am - regardless of age - you should be fine. Unless you've been a harried parent of a teenager that sneaks out at 2am as you, the good parent, are trying to get 4 hours of fitful sleep after trying to govern a strong-willed 14, 15, or 16 year old child for weeks on end - then you do not understand how much this type of help is needed. A parent can walk a teen to bed, talk, tuck them in at 11 am - and the weary parent creeps to bed for a few hours..and the kid sneaks out at 1 or 2 am. If in that position - you'd be GLAD somebody would bring them home, out of harms way and out of harmful INFLUENCE

  • carolinaheel Jul 11, 2008

    I am a parent and I say if it needs to be done, do it. A lot of parents have no idea that their kids are even out, spending the night at a "friends", sneaking out. All the ones protesting this, are you under the age of 18 yrs and/or do you have kids?

  • bngexpress Jul 11, 2008

    great idea, yet it is still the responcibility of the parents, or caregiver to know what these kids are doing yes every miniute of every day! i have a nineteen year old ,and for several years he claimed that was being raised by a prison guard, but to this day , he has never been in any sort of trouble,seeing his friends do as they please,when they please ,while mom and dad were out doing their thing, dont
    get me wrong if he needed to go he went but he was checked on and had a time to be home.even a good child left unsupervised will get into trouble.

  • Just Once Jul 11, 2008

    Good Plan! Would never affect my children anyway. Their curfew is well before 11 pm.

  • giffman Jul 11, 2008

    Children under 18 are not entitled to the same freedoms as the rest of us mentalgoose. Once they turn 18, they can do as they please.

  • Adelinthe Jul 11, 2008

    Every city needs to do this. If you haven't got a job and aren't paying taxes, you're off the streets by dark. PERIOD!!!

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • rparker2 Jul 11, 2008

    This is a great idea. Children under 18 have no busniess being out after 11:00 p.m. If they are, they are looking for something to get into. So I applaud the town of Dunn.