Youth, parents reminded of curfew

Youth, parents reminded of curfew by David Lias The young people of Vermillion may not have to worry about getting to class on time every morning now that school is out.

That doesn't mean, however, that they can roam city streets as long as they want.

Vermillion Assistant Police Chief Kim Callahan reminds parents and youth that curfew laws have been in place in the city since 1975, and they will be enforced.

According to city ordinance, "It shall be unlawful for any minor to loiter, idle, wander, stroll or play in and upon the public streets, highways, roads, alleys, parks playgrounds and other public grounds, public places and public buildings, places of amusement or entertainment, vacant lots or other unsupervised places between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. for teens younger than 15."

On Sundays through Thursdays, between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m., and between midnight and 6 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays of each week, the curfew applies to minors between 15 and 17 years old.

This ordinance doesn't apply to minors accompanied by their parents, guardian or other adult having care or custody of the youth.

Young people running an errand for an adult also aren't subject to the curfew restriction.

It is against the law for parents and guardians to knowingly allow young people under the age of 18 to break the city's curfew law.

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