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Wake Forest Starts Town Curfew

Posted January 25, 1997 12:00 a.m. EST

— Wake Forest teenagers and their parents may be seeing a bit more of each other -- the Wake County town began a curfew Friday night.

On Fridays and Saturdays, teenagers 15 and under must be off the streets and out of public places by midnight. The town council enacted the regulations to protect teens from being victims of crime, and to reduce the temptation to commit crime. Police had pushed for the new measure.

Sgt. Lee Godfrey of the Wake Forest Police Department said the word about the curfew is getting out. Many adults seem to like the concept.

The small Wake County town doesn't offer many opportunities for teen recreation. Some of the town's youngsters hang out at a local pool hall. The teens suggested that, instead of the curfew, more security guards be hired so that crimes would be less likely to occur. One of them characterized the new law as "Not cool."

The curfew calls for an 11 p.m. - 6 a.m. curfew Sunday through Thursday, and a midnight curfew for Friday and Saturday.

Police will notify the Social Services Department if the kids breaking curfew are under 13. Parents of curfew violators could face a $100 fine and/or 30 days in jail.