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Potential Curfew for Teens in Salisbury

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The Salisbury City Council is mulling over the idea of a curfew for those under the age of 17.

Under the measure those under the age of 14 would not be allowed out between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m.

Meanwhile, for those under the age of 17 the curfew would start one hour later at 10 p.m. with Friday and Saturday nights at 11 p.m.

There would be exemptions for those teens who have a job or are part of after-school programs.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Police Chief Barbara Duncan told the City Council last night  that the penalties for parents of children who violate the curfew would be community service and fines of up to $500.

She added that household income would be weighed when considering punishment.

Council members Tim Spies and Shanie Shields said they were inclined to support such an ordinance.

But Council Vice President Laura Mitchell said she had serious reservations adding that from what she has read such curfews are costly and don’t work.  

Don Rush is the News Director and Senior Producer of News and Public Affairs at Delmarva Public Media. An award-winning journalist, Don reports major local issues of the day, from sea level rise, to urban development, to the changing demographics of Delmarva.