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Philadelphia Extends More Restrictive Curfew Regulations

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The Nutter administration has extended its new weekend curfew for teens, even as it works with City Council to tweak the permanent curfew law.

Prompted by a flash mob attack in late July (see related story), the mayor a few days later tightened up the city’s weekend curfew for the center city and University City neighborhoods (another related story).

Now, those restrictions have been extended for the foreseeable future.

“The weekend targeted-area curfew we thought should stay in effect until we have the more comprehensive, full-blown (answer to) how are we dealing with weekdays, weekends, different ages of children,” the mayor told KYW Newsradio today.  “We want to take all of that into consideration before we do anything else.”

“It’s working and it should be extended, and it’s a good thing,” police commissioner Charles Ramsey said today.  “And I think that until we revise the current ordinance I think it’s in everyone’s best interest to keep this in effect a while longer.”

So, the weekend curfew will remain at 9:00pm on Fridays and Saturdays for anyone under 18.

The actual curfew law, which went into effect in 2007, is less restrictive and more convoluted: it says that anyone under 14 must be home by 10pm, and those under 18 must be home by midnight.

Ramsey and the mayor says they hope to work with City Council this fall to change that.

Reported by KYW City Hall bureau chief Mike Dunn

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  • Anonymous

    The parents are not ALWAYS to blame though. You can raise your child to be the best law abiding citizen that you know how to raise, but, no one knows what that child will do when you’re not around to enforce your rules. Children do things if they think they can get away with it. Then again, there are those kids that have no fear of authority, not even their parents. So, it’s not always the parents’ fault.

  • Native

    Blame the parents.

  • Traveler

    And then who decides who lives and dies.Do we put the old out to pastuer.Do we form marshal law.And when all cilivization is gone we will be back to a time where there is no laws.

    I’ve found that over the years the people wiith the most drastic solutions have no feeling for their fellow man.The parents do have a responsibity to teach their children right from wrong,and manners,but it is also the responsibilty of the whole neighborhood to help.

    When you see children doing wrong,stop them and correct them on the spot.All I hear is it’s not my child,or the parents might get mad and retaliate.That maybe true,but if enogh of the people get involve,slowly but surely things can change.

    And parents if your child is acting out,and when corrected say “If try to stop me or make me behave,I’ll call DSH,tell them they don’thave to you’l call for them,and they will gladly let them take you”,see what happens.

  • Concerned

    These parents that are fighting this are the same idiots that don’t know how to raise children. Talk and spend time with your kids instead of running to the bars and shooting up for once. City Council is the most corrupt group of people.

    • anon1

      Agreed on all points. People seem to have thrown responsibility out the window these days. We really need to go back to the barbarian days where laws were upheld and if you broke them, you were beheaded, enslaved, or left to rot in some dungeon somewhere depending on the crime and law you broke. One way or the other, nobody got away with anything back then.

  • JustMe

    This needs to apply to the parents as well. That way, they will be at home with their kids where they belong.

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