So I live in a city with a curfew law for minors, 10:00 PM. Unless you are running an errand for a parent, or don’t get caught.
I break curfew all the time, with parental consent, sometimes I actually AM running an errand for my mom but most of the time I’m hanging out with friends and my fiends do the same, we have yet to be stopped. We walk around like we know what we are doing and are doing what we need to.
I understand that curfew laws are supposed to lessen crimes by and against youth, but the youth who commit crimes are just going to break curfew, and curfew infringes on the legal rights of youth in the first place, breaking laws in a way that affects youth. So that argument invalid. I’ve also heard that the curfew law is supposed to give the police a reason to stop youth who look like they are misbehaving but the fact a person looks suspicious IS reason to stop them, so that argument is as valid as the first one.
The arguments AGAINST curfew laws are so plentiful I could not begin to list them here, but I will share my own. The people who follow the curfew laws are the people who would not be outside after 10 PM, unless they had an errand for their parent, without a curfew. Everyone else is going to ignore the curfew, especially the subset of youth who need it. I say let parents set a curfew, let cops stop anyone who suspicious and let humans under 18 have the same rights as those humans over 18 years of age.
Do you have a curfew law where you live? Is it as stupid as mine? Do you agree with curfew laws? Do you agree with me? Let me know in a comment.
Posted on December 18, 2011, in Ideas, Law, Life, My Mind, The Future, The Past, The Present and tagged 10, ask, break, childhood, cops, curfew, law, national, NYRA, PM, question, reader response, respect, rights, teen, the, you, you tell me, youth. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.