NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Now that it is officially summer break, Metro police are reminding teens and their parents of the recently reinstated juvenile curfew.
The juvenile curfew was signed back into effect by Mayor Karl Dean last month.
Before last month's renewal, the city of Nashville had been without the provision for nearly a year after it expired last June.
Under the restrictions, teens under the age of 18 are not allowed to be out during curfew hours without permission from their parents who express permission for special circumstances.
Between the months of September through May, teens have a curfew from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Sunday through Thursday.
On the weekend, the restrictions are from 12 Midnight to 5 a.m.
During the summer, from June to August, 12 Midnight to 5 a.m., seven days a week.
Metro officers told Nashville's News 2 the restrictions help keep teenagers safe and also helps prevent crime.
Sergeant John Borque said that officers are strictly enforcing the curfew.
“Usually [when we see teens] walking by and say, ‘That guy looks kind of young, maybe I need to ID him and see who he is,'” he explained.
Andre Lee is a parent of a teen. He told Nashville's News 2 he supports the newly reinstated restrictions for juveniles.
“When you're dealing with teens they don't know everything out there that can get them in trouble [and] keep them in trouble and how those things could impact their lives much later on,” he said.
However, many teens said they strongly disagree, especially during summer break.
“Summer is suppose to be for fun, you're suppose to be able to go do whatever you want and I don't like it,” 16-year-old Kaylyn Morgan said.
Teens caught violating the curfew can get a warning and a citation. Some offenders may even go to juvenile court.
Last year, more than 1,000 juveniles violated curfew. Nearly 400 of the violators were given citations and 628 were arrested.
Penalties include community service and a $50 fine for each offense.
The penalties and citations can also extend to parents who willingly let their children out during the restricted hours.
- MaY 20, 2011: Mayor Dean signs Metro's juvenile curfew into effect
- May 17, 2011: Metro readopts juvenile curfew
- June 18, 2010: Metro curfew makes kids be home by Midnight