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