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Cumberland Curfew is Now in Effect

Posted July 1, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

— Cities across the country have tried to come up with ways to curb juvenile crime. Many are turning to curfews. Now, Cumberland county will give it a try.

With school out, kids have fewer restrictions on their time. But starting Tuesday night, Cumberland County teens such as 15-year-old lifeguard K.C. Daniels have a curfew to adhere to. She can't be out on the streets between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. Daniels says she thinks the curfew is good.

K.C. says she doesn't think most teens will agree with her. She says she's sure many will find ways to get around the law.

Casper Broadus doesn't have to worry about the county curfew because he is 16, but he says his parents always know where he is anyway.

There are many parents who support the curfew. Tonnie Barnes says it's nice to have the law supporting his desire to have his kids in the house.

There are exceptions to the curfew. If a child is with his or her parents, is out working or is out on an emergency, there will be no penalty. Sheriff Earl "Moose" Butler says he doesn't plan to use the new ordinance just to arrest kids. He says he merely wants to see them off the streets where they can neither commit crimes nor become victims of them.

The curfew does not apply within Fayetteville. The city is considering its own curfew law.

Cumberland County is not the first area in the state to try a curfew. Charlotte, Knightdale, Wake Forest and Benson have all enacted curfews in recent years. Most cities have reported seeing a decline in juvenile crime since the curfews took affect.