Kermit Considering a Curfew For Youth 9/19/13
September 19th, 2013
City Manager Pete Kampfer says the city doesn’t have trouble with juvenile crime. The curfew is designed to keep kids safe and prevent any issues. However, some aren’t buying it.
We’ve all heard the saying nothing good happens after midnight. Now, Kermit officials want to make sure kids are off the streets well before then.
“That’s when a lot of DWI’s come out that’s when a lot of the drug dealers and stuff come out and that’s not good for the kids,” said Jamie Estraca, a Kermit resident.
Tonight, city council discussed a possible curfew requiring school age kids to be home by 11 pm on weekdays and 12 am on weekends. However, it’s the parents who will charged with misdemeanors.
“But in the end, the parents are accountable for the children,” said Kampfer.
He says the curfew would be adjusted if certain school activities like high school football games ran late.
“It’s not drop dead ridged. You know, we’re going to have some understanding to that,” Kampfer said.
Many people CBS 7 spoke to say that most youth are home well before that time any way.
“This is much a do about nothing. This topic has come up before and we sat down with the previous mayor and came to the conclusion that Kermit doesn’t have any gang problems or problems of that sort, for a curfew,” said Ricky Morales, a Kermit resident.
The curfew still has many hurdles to clear before it becomes law. It must pass a first and second reading before council.