BALTIMORE, MD (WREX) -
The strictest youth curfew law just took effect in Baltimore. It requires unaccompanied children under the age of 14 to be indoors by 9 p.m. and for 14, 15 and 16-year-olds to be indoors by 10 p.m. on weekdays and 11 p.m. on weekends and during the summer.
Children found out on the streets can be picked up by police and escorted to one of two recreational centers set up by the city until parents or guardians pick them up. Parents can face fines of $500. Is Baltimore going too far? The mayor says it's an effort to curb crime. Should we do it here in our area?
"The goal is to get those young people and their families connected with the help that they need so they are not out unsupervised after curfew," said Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blakes.
Those fines range from $30 to $500 plus community service. This could be waived if they participate in counseling. If the caretaker of a child 13 or under can't be located, the city department of social services will be notified.