Colerain considers daytime curfew, 18 September 2007, Cincinnati Enquirer, Cincinnati, Ohio
Stay home. Stay out of trouble.
That’s the message Colerain Township’s wants to send with proposed daytime curfew on students who are out of school under suspension or simply skipping school.
“This curfew is solely designed to keep kids off the street and to lesson (sic) the amount of daytime crime,” said Police Chief Steven Sarver.
“We want kids to know that when you get kicked out of school, it’s not a ticket to run free,” he added. “It can be a ticket to disaster.”
Township trustees want to hear from the public before they bring the curfew to a vote. Public comments will be welcome at the trustees’ meeting at 7 p.m. Sept. 25.
“Residents told us they wanted to take back their neighborhoods,’ Sarver said. The police chief heard complaints about vandalism, “kids hanging out on street corners during school hours and houses being broken into during the day.”
Colerain police have not compiled statistics on daytime crimes committed by juveniles. But the department has heard enough complaints, Sarver said, to warrant drafting a proposed daytime curfew.
The daytime curfew would run from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday when school is in session and cover children ages 6 through 17.
“We went with the legal ages that require kids to be in school,” Sarver said.
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