As a parent, sometimes it’s hard to remember the details regarding curfew.
I’m not talking the self-imposed, parent “you better be home before 10 p.m. or you’ll be grounded” curfew, but the curfews mandated by many local counties and cities.
Both Dakota County and Hennepin County, for example, have different curfew rules for kids, depending on their age and day of the week. For some areas, the curfew times for youth might be limited to a public place or establishment. Of course, there are usually exceptions as well.
If your child violates a county or city curfew? The penalty could be different as well.
In this week’s Parent Talk, we ask you two questions: Do you think Minnesota children should have a curfew? Should police treat curfew violations uniformly?
Across several Patch cities in Minnesota, we’ve read incidents on our weekly police reports that some kids are getting citations or arrested for violating curfew.
Other communities, our police departments have not reported curfew violation citations or arrests. Does this mean that some communities never have anyone breaking curfew?
But, the manner in which curfew violators are treated could be different. Some youth might be given a warning, taken home, cited or arrested for their curfew breaking action.
Take our polls below and share your thoughts about curfews for juveniles in comments.