Mishawaka Police crack down on curfew violations
Mishawaka Police are cracking down on teens who violate curfew.
The city's ordinance says 15, 16 and 17-year-olds can't be in public after certain times and lately police are getting a lot of complaints about young people hanging around town.
Police issued 11 citations Thursday night.
Mishawaka Police say this law isn't new but they just want to remind parents and teens that if the curfew is violated there will be a price to pay.
In Mishawaka 15, 16 and 17-year-olds can't be out between 1 and 5 in the morning on Saturday and Sunday and 11 at night to five in the morning Sunday through Friday.
Children under the age of 15 can't be alone in public after 11 at night or before 5 in the morning on any day.
Mishawaka Police say there's been an increase in graffiti and vandalism recently so they want to get the word out about curfew enforcement.
Lt. Tim Williams with Mishawaka Police says, "We have, you know, received more complaints about juvenile activity in the park and how they treat adults when they're going through the park."
The first offense will cost between 25 and 50 dollarsand the fine doubles every other time the curfew is violated.
He says, "There are exceptions to the curfew violations. If they're returning from a school activity or event, a religious event or if they're on their way to or from work."
Some other exceptions are if a teen or child is with a parent or guardian, a parent gives a child permission to do an emergency errand or children are in the yard or on the sidewalk of where they live.
He says, "Our goal is to protect the youth in our community. you know we don't want anything bad happening to them if they're out late at night."
Mishawaka's curfew ordinance also regulates the days and times teens and children can be in cemeteries.
15,16 and 17-year-olds can't be in cemeteries between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.
It's prohibited from after 7 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and before 5 a.m. Monday through Friday.