Miami police began enforcing a teen curfew Wednesday, although they insisted this was not in response to a recent series of shootings in the city.
According to the Juvenile Curfew Ordinance, it is against the law for children younger than 17 to be out on their own in Miami-Dade County between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. from Sunday through Thursday. On Friday and Saturday, curfew hours are midnight until 6 a.m.
Miami police spokesman Willie Moreno said police have enforced the curfew several times within the last few years.
“It’s normally done when kids are out of school, and we’ve done it before ... usually during the summer months,” he said.
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“That’s when kids tend to stay out later and later.”
Moreno noted Miami-Dade students will soon be on spring break, which could lead them to being out later at night.
There are some exceptions to the curfew.
Among them are being accompanied by a parent, legal guardian, or someone 21 or older with permission to be responsible for the juvenile; working, or traveling to or from work; having written permission from a parent or guardian to run an errand; aiding or assisting in an emergency; traveling to or from school, religious, civic, or county-sponsored events; if the juvenile is emancipated by marriage or a court order; attending or returning from a public event (with permission) if the event began before 10 p.m.; being authorized by the County Commission.