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McAllen renews curfew ordinance for minors

On Monday, the McAllen city commission approved a renewal of an ordinance that would make it illegal for a minor under the age of 17 to be outdoors in a public space during late night hours.

On Monday, the McAllen city commission approved a renewal of an ordinance that would make it illegal for a minor under the age of 17 to be outdoors in a public space during late night hours.

McAllen Police Lieutenant Joel Morales says this measure ensures the safety of the public and of teens themselves.

“The curfew is a tool for us because it allows us to detain an underage people that are involved in something,” he said.

The city ordinance was renewed for another three years. And it’s been well received by locals.

“It’s great for the kids, for the parents, for everyone involved, “said resident Lucy Fernandez. “(Minors) shouldn’t be out there after a certain hour.”

According to data obtained by CBS 4, in 2016, McAllen police issued 17 curfew citations. In 2017, officers issued 26. And so far this year, there’s been 16 citations issued, almost as many as were issued for the entire year of 2016.

Lieutenant Morales says the number of citations issued is arbitrary and not due to an increase in crackdown on citations.

Parents can also be cited if their child is breaking curfew in a public space.

The curfew hours are from Sunday through Thursday from 10:30pm to 6:00am and 12:01 am to 6:00am on Saturday and Sunday.

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