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Wake Forest Considers Curfew

Posted November 20, 1996 12:00 a.m. EST

— Charlotte has one, and so does Benson. Now, officials in Wake Forest are considering a curfew for teen-agers.

Town commissioners met Tuesday night to discuss the issue. Their original plan was to give police officers the right to return young people between the ages of 13 and 16 to their homes if they were found on local streets without a parent or authorized adult. Wake Forest Juvenile Officer Jeff Leonard says police need the law to help them get children off the streets late at night.

A few commissioners suggested that the proposed curfew's age limit be raised to 17 or 18. They'll talk about it again at their next meeting on December second.

Wake Forest Mayor Dick Monteith says the curfew law is much needed and long overdue.

Local residents voiced their opinion as well during the meeting. Michael Kelly says he thinks the curfew is an unnecessary ordinance because state laws already cover the problem. Police chief Greg Harrington says he approves of the idea because, in his words, it gives his officers a tool to utilize.

Those who did not have the opportunity to speak at the town meeting had opinions nonetheless. Sidney Rogers, 12, told WRAL TV5's Robert Carver he had mixed emotions.

Rogers friend Dewayne Pearce, 13, says a curfew will cut into his social life.

Town commissioners decided to delay a vote on the curfew indefinitely.