Juvenile Curfew Extended

Plano parents and minors will have to exercise caution as the juvenile curfew will go on until 2025 after being finalized by the city officials according to a Plano Star Courier article from January 27 which reports,


“The citywide curfew for minors in Plano was extended for another three years.


In its Monday meeting, the Plano City Council considered an ordinance that mandates a curfew for minors 16 and under. Under this law, minors must abide by a curfew of 11 p.m. on Sundays through Thursdays and midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.


A juvenile curfew has been in effect in Plano since 1994. State law dictates that the curfew ordinance must be reauthorized by a municipality’s council every three years. The city’s curfew ordinance mandates that violators of the curfew be subject to a fine not to exceed $500. For curfew violations that concern “fire safety, zoning or public health and sanitation other than vegetation and litter violations,” violators are subject to a fine of no more than $2,000.”


Despite the extension of the curfew, there is also a relaxation of the ordinance as exemptions to it are now more emphasized according to a Community Impact article from January 31 which says, 


Chief of Police Ed Drain said a minor in Plano is anyone between 10 and 17 years old. Some exemptions from the ordinance include running an errand for a parent, traveling, working, an emergency situation and attending a school or religious activity, according to a city report.


“We believe this has been an effective tool and we think we should continue it,” Drain said during the Jan. 24 meeting.


City data states that from January 2019 through November 2021, there were 118 minors arrested or cited during curfew hours. The data shows this is a 14% decrease from the 138 minors arrested or cited during curfew times from 2016 through 2018.


“As someone with 14- and 16-year-old boys at home, I am in favor of this,” Council Member Julie Homer said.”


The Juvenile Curfew’s information can be read and follow in this link. 

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