The Nutter Administration is sending revamped curfew regulations to Philadelphia City Council Thursday. They cut the hours children can be on the streets and increase fines for violations.
The stricter curfew is designed to cut down on youth violence, including flash mobs. Mayor Michael Nutter’s spokesman Mark McDonald says instead of two age brackets of minors with separate curfews, now there are three.
“The older minors during the school year would have to be in by 10 p.m. Fourteen and 15 year olds by 9 p.m. and minors 13 and under by eight,” said McDonald. “Those hours would be increased by an hour during the summer during the summer so for an example the older minors 16 and 17 years old would be able to stay out until 11 p.m. during the summer.”
Currently those younger than 13 have to be in by 9 on weeknights and 10 on Friday and Saturday nights. Those older than 17 have to be in by 10:30 during the week and midnight on Friday and Saturday nights.
Most caught violating the curfew would now pay $75 instead of $25.
The new curfew will be citywide, instead of the current restrictions that cover Center City and University City.