Curfews have been the bane of many young people's lives for generations upon generations. Unlike this instance, though, these limitations were usually set by parents or other guardians. I realize that curfews decided on by cities as a whole also stem from the same place that those set by parents are, that is, in the interest of the teen's safety. However, I do not believe that it is the city council's place to interfere in the personal lives of these people. There are many reasons for teens to be out late at night, such as getting home from work or just waiting to be picked up by their guardian, and a set curfew for teens would cause many of them to be unfairly punished for doing things that can hardly be called criminal. Many teens hold part-time jobs, either to
curfew laws restrict the hours that juveniles may be on the streets or in public places at night (Sutphen and Ford). Some people consider curfews infringing on people’s constitutional rights. Curfews are hard to implement by law enforcement, and, in fact, take law enforcement away from more serious crimes. More crimes occur during daytime hours and more children are victimized in their homes than on the streets. Although curfews are made to protect our juveniles and to deter crime by juveniles, does imposing these curfews violate the juvenile’s civil rights and target the true underlying problems involved in enforcing
There are many more reasons why teens should not have a curfew. The police use a selective enforcement and would only pick out the kids who look like they are doing something illegal. This could lead to racial problems if police give less tickets to the kids from the suburbs. A curfew would show kids that the law does not matter, since most
Curfew is a set time which teenagers will have to schedule their activities around. Generally, this curfew doesn’t change and helps your teen to understand boundaries. It is a wonderful idea for teens to have curfews because it teaches them to be responsible and also considerate of other people around them. As teenagers, it is natural for adolescents to feel like their freedoms are being taken away and that their parents don’t know what is best. However, curfew is put in place for the direct opposite, which is keeping teenagers out of trouble. Curfew teaches teenagers time management, it could lower the crime rate in local areas, and it could give teenagers an overall better relationship with their parents. Because of these reasons, I
Although having a curfew for it to be illegal for teenagers to be on the streets after ten o’clock p.m. on weekdays or after midnight on weekends would be beneficial in exceptional and deficient ways, many citizens will disagree with having a curfew. The eminently important reason Dierks, Arkansas, should have a teenage curfew is for the security of the teenagers. Another reason is for the parent to have control over their child, instead of their child being undisciplined. On the other hand, having a curfew could hinder maturity.
My opinion is that curfew was set to protect minors but, there are plenty of reason why a minor would be out passed curfew and there should be system where some minors can exempt the law like having parental permission.
Teen curfews violate rights. “Just because young people are out at night does not mean that they are participating in anti-social behavior.”(Do Curfews Punish Innocent Teens? 1). Teenagers are being age discriminated just because they are a certain age doesn’t mean they participate in illegal activity after curfew. There is also no proof that curfews actually make teen crime go down. This makes teen curfews even more discriminating to teenagers. (Do Curfews Punish Innocent Teens? 1). “Opponents also argue that there is no proof yet that youth curfews lower teen crime. They point out that the overall crime rate in the United States is going down—so the recent drop in teen crime is to be expected.”(Do Curfews Punish Innocent Teens? 1).
Should city council's be able to give teenagers curfews? If a teenager’s parent allows them to be home later than ten on weekdays or twelve on weekends then so be it. The city council should not be the one to “parent” a teenager!
In today’s society, many people fear that if teens are out late they are participating in mischief or that they are more likely to be involved in criminal activity. Many feel that by creating a city wide curfew for teens crime would be reduced. However, in reality, most crimes are committed during the day by adult offenders, not by individuals under the age of 18. A curfew for teens would not be the right way to go.
First and foremost, city council should make staying out late for teenagers illegal because of danger. If city council makes this illegal, it could prevent some of the kidnapping, use of drugs, or killings. Most things happen late at night because people are less seen, if teenagers are made to be home at a curfew, fewer of these dangers will occur to our town’s teenagers.
Laws are set yearly for the for the well being of citizens. Many of the laws pertain specifically to minors, one of them being curfews. The law states, Children under the age of 18 years old are to be home by 11:00 p.m. . For many teens this law seems unfair; they believe that curfews limits their freedom. Therefor teens fail to realize that there is good reasoning for those limitations. I belive children under the age of 18 years old should have an 11:00 p.m. curfew because it limits crime in the community, establish discipline in children, and helps teens become academically prepared.
Although, Some people say that a curfew is not necessarily for keeping teens out of trouble. It is for keeping the town quiet at night and gives everyone some peaceful rest at night. In the article, “Manitoba town to ban kids at night”, the mayor of Killarney, Manitoba sates,” ‘It’s not that we have a big crime problem, we just have some youngsters out to all hours of the night disturbing the peace.’ ” An easier method for this is just to have a few police working at night to ensure peace. A demanding curfew that punishes many for doing nothing is simply unnecessary. “‘Ultimately, curfew laws don't make us more safe, but they make us less free,’ says Joe Cook, executive director of the Dallas ACLU” (Rosado and Manly).
Some small town cites, neighborhoods, or even across the United States people want something to change and that is young peoples curfew's. City council should not adopt a 10 P.M. curfew and a midnight weekend curfew for teenagers because: Young people need to wake up early to get to school, and teens would still not go go to bed early. While some people may agree to a curfew change they are wrong because. Other young people can use their curfew as an excuse to missing school work or being late to class, they can also be out late at nigh and be at risk of being killed by drivers under the influence of alcohol or illegal substances. Teenagers often have excuses because. They might not have school work with them or it might not
Many people don’t care about the law as everyone can look around their community and see. Drugs are illegal in most states yet people still deal, make, and do drugs, do you really think a curfew will stop them and crime. Justin Harrison also agrees with this theory he says, “Clearing streets isn’t going to stop somebody who’s intent on breaking into a house or stealing a car… curfews like they may in fact be increasing crime,” (Berg). A curfew isn’t going to stop thugs from doing what they want, this new curfew is probably making more people rebel. “…juvenile crime rates in such cities as San Francisco actually went down when curfews were abolished,” (Irvine). This is proof how enforcing curfews don’t actually cut down crime like many people think it will. “Youth curfews has found little evidence that they are an effective crime deterrent and has suggested that such restrictions may exacerbate racial profiling and civil rights violations,” (Weigel). These curfews aren’t in fact doing anything to help communities but actually going against peoples’ rights and accusing teens of things. A new curfew isn’t going to really stop anyone from doing what they want and when they
Having a teenage curfew is ineffective and useless. Many people argue that the curfews are necessary because it will keep young people out of trouble. They also say that teenagers are more likely to get in trouble late than they would during daylight. Teens are looked at as the age group that causes the most trouble, and society targets them when it comes to matter for crime, however many people believe that teens are responsible for a large percentage of crimes and that having a curfew in effect will help lower crime rates. I disagree with this because I don't think teenagers should be forced to follow a ridged time schedule because of a curfew.