Wednesday, June 25, 2003

Colerain establishes curfew law



The Cincinnati Enquirer

COLERAIN TWP. - With a handful of angry parents and township residents voicing dissent, Colerain Township trustees voted 2-1 Tuesday night to approve a curfew for minors.

Starting at 12:01 a.m. on July 11, anyone under the age of 18 found outdoors between midnight and 5 a.m. will be subject to arrest. Those found in violation will be charged as an "unruly child" and taken to Hamilton County Juvenile Court.

The curfew comes as a reaction to crimes such as vandalism and malicious destruction.

The township granted nearly a dozen exemptions under the ordinance. Teens accompanied by a guardian won't be subject to the law; and anyone driving to or from a job will also be exempt. And if teen drivers are headed home or have an emergency, trustees said the law will not punish them.

E-mail rforgrave@enquirer.com




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