Miami curfew was imposed across the Miami-Dade metropolitan area starting this week. The curfew applies to teens under the age of 17.
Miami authorities started enforcing a curfew for teenagers on Wednesday, but stressed that the move was not because of the recent spate of shootings across the city.
The curfew hours are from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. on Sunday to Thursday, and midnight to 6 a.m. on Friday and Saturday, reported NBC Miami. The curfew will be applied for children under the age of 17.
They are no longer allowed to “linger, stay, congregate, move about, wander, or stroll in any public place in Miami-Dade County, either on foot or in a vehicle during curfew hours,” police told the station.
Miami police spokesman Willie Moreno told the Miami Herald that a curfew has been enforced across the city several times in the past years.
“It’s normally done when kids are out of school, and we’ve done it before … usually during the summer months,” Moreno was quoted as saying. “That’s when kids tend to stay out later and later.”
Students across Miami-Dade will soon be on Spring Break, he noted.
The curfew drew a mixed reaction among teens in Miami.
Team Pete Basketball player Keith Stewart told NBC: “I don’t really need a curfew, but I do feel that a curfew is important because young kids like my age are dying in the streets.”
Robert Sanchez, another teen, said that the curfew is needed.
“Make them go home, do a little homework, get them home early,” Sanchez said.
Cesar Barrero, an adult, pointed out that for “kids at that age … there’s nothing for kids to do from 12 o’clock to 6 o’clock in the morning.”
Teens who are being accompanied by a parent, legal guardian, or someone over the age of 21 who has responsibility over the juvenile can be out at that time. Other exemptions include teens who are working or traveling to and from work, have permission from a guardian to run an errand, are aiding in an emergency, or are traveling to or from school, religious events, community events, or civic events, according to the Herald.
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