Delaware teenagers in Dover could face a curfew

Dover City Council will decide in two weeks whether children ages 16 and younger will have to follow a proposed curfew.

Councilman Bill Hare proposed the juvenile curfew ordinance, after noticing a number of teenagers on the streets late at night during a ride-a-long with police. If all goes well, the curfew would require young people to be home before 11 p.m on school nights. However, on the weekends, teenagers will have until midnight to get off the streets.

According to the city clerk’s office, the Safety Advisory and Transportation Committee has already reviewed the proposed curfew. Now, it’s up to city council officials to adopt it.

First-time offenders would receive a warning. A minimum $50 fine would be imposed for subsequent violations.

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