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MPD reminds teens of 11 p.m. curfew

(Published September 10, 2001)

The Districtís curfew for people younger than 17 begins an hour earlier on weeknights now that the new school year has begun, Metropolitan Police officials are reminding young people and their families.

Curfew begins at 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday nights and continues until 6 a.m. the following day. On weekend nights, curfew begins at 12:01 a.m. and ends at 6 the next morning. During July and August only, the curfew begins one minute past midnight seven days a week.

The curfew applies to all young people who are in the District, regardless of whether they live in the city.

Children and teens who are younger than 17 cannot remain in or on a street, 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 exempted activities. exempted activities include work, school, religious, civic or organized recreational activities, as well as exercise of First Amendment rights, according to the D.C. Code.

Curfew violators who live in the District are generally taken home by the police, if they can be turned over to a responsible adult. Otherwise, they are held at the police district station until they are picked up by a parent or other responsible adult. Violators who do not live in the District are taken to the district police station to be picked up by a parent or guardian.

Young people who repeatedly violate curfew are subject to penalties that include up to 25 hours of community service and their parents may be fined.

Copyright 2001, The Common Denominator