LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Los Angeles police warned Friday that they will start to strictly enforce curfew laws around Staples Center and LA Live for the duration of the X-Games, which continue through Sunday.

“Curfew laws restrict the rights of juveniles to be outdoors or in public places during certain hours of the day,” said Los Angeles police Lt. Paul Vernon of the Central Station.

The city’s municipal code states it is unlawful for minors under the age of 18 to be “present in or upon any public street, highway, road curb area, alley, park, playground or other public ground, public place, or public building, place of amusement or eating place, vacant lot, or unsupervised place between the hours of 10 p.m. and sunrise of the immediately following day,” with some exceptions.

“Such laws aim to establish a safer community and to better protect kids from becoming victims of rime or becoming involved in delinquent activity,” he said.

Curfew violations are punishable by a fine of $250, and the costs could total $675 with some penalty assessments.

Also, the violations could affect a teen’s ability to obtain a driver’s license.

Comments (8)
  1. Pops McGrew says:

    To protect the kids or to generate revenue for the city in the form of fines?

  2. mike says:

    way to turn something good into an advertisement, jackweed. I don’t believe your claim of saving “thousands and thousands of dollars”, either.

  3. old fart says:

    @ pops, we had curfew in the ’50’s and ’60’s, and it was enforced. It is not to generate revenue and should never have let lapse to begin with.

  4. tony says:

    Yeah most dangerous thing for kids nowadays is LAPD..They shoot and kill children without being held accountable.. And this is a fantastic way to 1: generate revenues for the city, 2: start taking kids down the path to be criminalized…

    If there really was an incentive to protect kids, cigarettes, fast food/food that is dangerous for health (deep fried twinkies, deep fried cool-aid, etc, etc…) would be banned and deemed illegal. Instead they are the life of the party at fairs around the US this summer…

    what a joke

    1. Ivan says:

      so deep friend twinkies and cool-aid are more dangerous than L.A. at night?…….

      The comparison you tried to make just sounds dumb.

    2. Andrew says:

      your post is a joke.

      1. BOZO says:

        Speaking of jokes have you heard the one about…HA HA HA

  5. Sue Carver says:

    It seems like city governments and their police goons like to single out a group of the people (in this case, teenagers) and target them with special restrictions that they wouldn’t dare target voting adults with. It must be easier for them to pick on a group of politically vulnerable people, who are denied the vote, then go after actual violent criminals.

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