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Summer extends teen curfew in D.C. to midnight

(Published July 1, 2002)

D.C.ís teens will be allowed to stay out an hour later than usual during July and August, as the cityís summer curfew hours begin at midnight on July 1.

Metropolitan Police officials said the curfew for young people who are younger than 17 applies seven days a week and ends each morning at 6 a.m. During the rest of the year, the teen curfew is 11 p.m. on weeknights and midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.

Under D.C. law, anyone younger than 17 cannot remain on a street, in a park or other outdoor public place, in a vehicle or on the premises of any establishment within the District during curfew hours, unless they are involved in certain exempted activities.

Exempted activities include work; school; religious, civic or organized recreational activities; and the exercise of First Amendment rights. Further information about the curfew and exemptions is available online at http://mpdc.dc.gov/ info/family/curfew.shtm, by calling 311 to reach the Metropolitan Police Departmentís non-emergency line or by visiting one of the cityís seven police district headquarters stations.

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