Get Off the Streets, Kids

Dallas police beef up curfew enforcement

By Bruce Felps
|  Thursday, Jun 17, 2010  |  Updated 5:00 PM CDT
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Get Off the Streets, Kids

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Kids have no business out and about during the late night, early morning hours, at least it says so right there among city ordinances.

In fact, the Dallas Curfew Law states that kids younger than 17 are not allowed out in public between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m., Sundays through Thursdays, and from midnight to 6 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

“Aw, Dad, all the other kids are doin’ it,” won't work. There goes the weekend, huh?

With school out and the phrase “it’s a school night” in hibernation until late August, or whenever classes resume nowadays, the police plan a crackdown on juvenile curfew offenders during the weekends, including Weekend Eve.

According to a city missive, more than 30 officers begin extra curfew patrols Thursday night, through the weekend, and every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night throughout the summer. So 30 extra officers … hmmm… that leaves about, what, 17,822 more streets for kids to play on? Good luck.

Get caught out during the forbidden time, and police will haul Junior’s heinie into HQ, process him through the system, cite him for an unspecified fine, and release him to an adult parent or guardian, provided an adult parent or guardian is not out on the street and can't be found during the forbidden time, you know, serving as a role model for Junior.

As the adage goes, nothing good happens after 2 a.m., and maybe kids should be off the streets during those early morning hours.

But 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. can be pretty fun too.

Bruce Felps owns and operates East Dallas Times, an online community news outlet serving the White Rock Lake area. If he’s out at 3-3:30 a.m., it’s for a very good reason like … well, never you mind.

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