Miami-Dade Begins Enforcing 11 p.m. Curfew for Kids 17 and Younger

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Curfew laws targeting minors have been on the books in Miami-Dade for a while, but police actively enforce the ordinance only sporadically. The department announced yesterday that it will enforce the curfew in earnest immediately. Sorry, kids, you've got to be off the streets by 11 p.m. on school nights and midnight on the weekends.

The curfew is usually enforced during summer when school is out. So the news the curfew will be enforced while school is still in session comes as a bit of surprise, but many suspect it's a reaction to a rash of violent street crimes.

Youngsters are allowed to return to the streets at 6 a.m. Before that time, they are not allowed to "linger, stay, congregate, move about, wander, or stroll in any public place in Miami-Dade County."

There are several exemptions, including if the teen:
1. is accompanied by a parent or legal guardian, or by someone 21 years of age or older that has permission to be responsible for the juvenile;

2. is working or traveling to or from work;

3. is traveling interstate;

4. has written permission from a parent or guardian to run an errand;

5. is aiding or assisting in an emergency;

6. is traveling to or from a school, religious, civic, or county-sponsored event;

7. is emancipated by marriage or court order;

8. is homeless;

9. is exercising First Amendment rights;

10. is on the property of his/her residence, or a neighbor's residence if the neighbor does not object;

11. is attending or returning from a public event that began before 10 p.m. and has written permission; or

12. is authorized by the county commission.
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15 comments
davidgoldfarb
davidgoldfarb

This is dangerous. I'm underage and find myself, when I want to leave the house, having to travel along side streets and in neighborhoods because I don't feel safe going along the main roads in case the police come and detain me, which has happened. If a child wants to leave their residence after 11 or 12, they're not going to stop because of a 1 in 200 chance a cop sees them. They're going to just walk in less busy (and therefore more dangerous) spots where it's more likely they'll be mugged or worse.
If a minor is committing a crime charge them with that crime. I say make the curfew 13 or 14 years old and enforce it with valid ID.
Republicans complain about a 'nanny-state' where large sodas are banned but I guess people only care if they're directly affected. You may not care if a 17 year old can walk to her friend's house on a Saturday night, but you will care when curfews get expanded to include prior felons and then all adults in certain areas and so on. Fight this now.

Bigdic
Bigdic

I can see a lot of free blow jobs & sex by the police in this scam. Teens caught out after curfew, they should have their parent, parents / guardians locked up as well.

Maria Lankina
Maria Lankina

So sad and ironic and all bitter : one of exceptions - if the child is homeless. I can't stand the world that does that to kids:(

Joe Spector
Joe Spector

Stupid abuse of power. I guess that we need to pass a constitutional amendment that allows us to be outside of the house.

Ariana Hernandez Reguant
Ariana Hernandez Reguant

it does not apply if the youngster "is exercising first amendment rights". so all the kid has to do is walk around with some protest sign?

Chandler Jackson
Chandler Jackson

did that say u can be out after curfew if ur homeless? not sure how to feel about that

Fernando Buch
Fernando Buch

just park outside dolphin mall and bring on the wagons

D.f. Basora
D.f. Basora

I enforced this on my own kids w/out there having to be any ordinance demanding it. It's called "parenting"

Maria Fleita
Maria Fleita

How is this any different from all the other times its been "enforced" in the past and nothing is ever done about it?

floydianslipped
floydianslipped

@Joe Spector FIRST you have to be 18 to vote, SECOND this is a Miami Dade county wide ordinance which means this hasn't been added to the United States Constitution so there's nothing to pass an Amendment for and THIRD read Section 10 of the list again. Stay in school...

floydianslipped
floydianslipped

@D.f. Basora I wish there were lots more out there like you: some of these kids are flat out of control

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