City councils members in Freeport say keeping kids off the streets starts in the home. Aldermen and women are amending the current ordinance regarding truancy and curfews to read something more like this:
"The fact that prior to the present offense a parent, guardian or custodian was informed in writing by a law enforcement officer of a separate violation of this subsection by the same minor occurring within ninety days prior to the present offense shall constitute a rebuttable presumption that such parent, guardian or custodian allowed or permitted the present violation."
That means, as a parent, after your kid is cited for a violation the first time, you are held accountable from then on out.
Sixth ward Alderwoman Sally Brashaw says the problem of curfew and truancy violations is widespread. In three years, Freeport Police have written 300 citations and only three parents have been punished.
Mayor Jim Gitz is in favor of the amendment as well, he says it's a step in the right direction for overall public safety.