Curfew for minors intended to keep kids safe

Those younger than 18 must be in by 11 p.m. if without an adult

By Ashley Harding - Reporter

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - It's that time of year again. There's no school, and minors are out and about, oftentimes without a parent or legal guardian.

The city of Jacksonville says those underage have to be in before it gets real late.

"After 11 o'clock, I'm sorry, there's nothing that any young lady or young man should be doing out and about on their own," parent Kim Chandler said.

Under the curfew law, kids younger than 18 cannot be out past 11 p.m. without an adult. Authorities say it's all about keeping parents aware and kids out of danger.

That's something Kim Chandler agrees with.

"Eleven and after just opens up the spectrum for them to be harmed and to get into trouble," she said.

One of the things Publix is known for is it tends to hire teenagers to do part-time work, and that includes during summer vacation. So if a minor were to come home late from work, that's one of the exceptions to the law.

Other exceptions include a child coming home late from other school, club or religious activities.

The main message is, keep kids out of trouble and away from crime.

Obeying the curfew is something 15-year-old MaKayla Chandler intends to do.

"My curfew is actually 10 (p.m.), in my bed, in my room," the teen said. "So I pretty much agree with it."

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