Parents may want to think twice before letting their teenagers stay out late at night without an adult present.
Dallas police are stepping up enforcement of the city curfew this weekend, which forbids students under the age of 17 to be out unsupervised between the hours of 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. Monday through Thursday and midnight to 6 a.m. Friday through Sunday, according to the Dallas Morning News.
Students who are caught violating curfew could face a fine of up to $500. The curfew is designed to protect youth and prevent teen crimes throughout the city.
This weekend in particular, the Dallas police have assigned 30 officers to be on the lookout for curfew violations, which is the department's second organized curfew crackdown this summer.
“We’re not trying to punish anyone; we’re trying to change behavior,” Lt. Robert Hinton said. “We’re trying to spotlight it to remind them, these few times of the year, that there is a curfew.”
It is not uncommon for parents to give their children more freedoms during the summer like staying out later, but they need to be aware of the city rules and policies.
“With it being summer, our kiddos are spending more time out-and-about, walking and driving to friends' homes or to Sonic for a Coke," said mom Krista Curnutt, who admits to letting her son see a midnight movie recently, according to the Advocate. "It’s good to have a reminder of what the teen curfew rules (are), so we can share that with our kids."