New Curfew Law Goes Into Effect in Charlotte

From by Dedrick Russell, Reporter, December 15, 2011

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) – If you are younger than 15 years old and want to hang out late, think again.  A new curfew time is now in effect.

Kids 12 years and under have to be inside by 10 PM.

If they are between 13-15 years old the curfew time is 11 PM.

Also changing is the age of the guardian who must be with a teenager when out after curfew.  Before the age was 18 now the chaperone has to be 21.

Before the law allowed teens to stay out an hour later.

“I think it should have been done years ago,” Parent Rocky Novellina said. “I don’t know what the city was waiting for.”

A recent shooting and death and hundreds of teenagers running around downtown back in May put the curfew change on the fast track.  City officials and police believe this will help keep teenagers out of harm’s way.

Police say they will enforce this new rule very reasonably.

“We’re not going to be going into neighborhoods and picking up kids that are in front of their houses congregating or at locations that are safe for them. It’s only those environments where we think harm can come to our kids and we have rules to apply it” said Charlotte Police Chief Rodney Monroe.

Mayor Pro Tem Patrick Cannon wanted the law to include 16 and 17 year olds.  He says state law prevented that from happening, but he says he’s not giving up that fight.

“I still want to make sure we pursue the conversation with our delegation,” Cannon said. “And any others who want to help us to see if we can increase that age limit to 16 and 17, because we know there is a serious problem there.”

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