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Rocky Mount considers youth curfew

Posted September 29, 2008 11:16 p.m. EDT

— The City Council held a public hearing on a proposed youth curfew at a meeting Monday night.

Police Chief John Manley presented the proposed ordinance, and about 10 residents commented on it, said Megan Hanks, Rocky Mount's public affairs manager.

The curfew would make it illegal for anyone 16 years old or younger to be on the streets from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. on weeknights. On weekends, the curfew would be midnight to 6 a.m.

Officers would bring teens home and, in cases of repeat offenders, have the right to bill parents for their time. Exceptions would be made for teens working or participating in certain activities.

Earlier, Manley told WRAL News the curfew was necessary to curb rising and increasingly violent youth crime.

The City Council will take up the ordinance again at its meeting on Oct. 6.