by Diane Tuazon
ODESSA - The school year is over, and as summer is approaching more young teens are outdoors later than they should be.
"We need to make sure the kids are off the streets and are safe indoors, not out late at night," Lorinda Tercero, a concerned resident, said.
That's exactly why the Odessa Police put out a curfew ordinance to keep everyone out of trouble. Minors under the age of 17 can not be out between 11 pm to 6 am, and no later than 12 midnight on Friday and Saturday.
"They get bored, damage property, spray paint, vandalize cars. If they get caught out in public places during curfew hours, they get a citation and the parent's get one too," Sgt. Wes Carta with the Odessa Police Department, said.
Carta says half the time parents aren't even aware of their kids leaving the house at night.
"The parents go to sleep and they don't realize the kids sneak out through the front door or bedroom window," Carta said.
While most kids may disagree with the summer curfew, other say it's an effective way to keep the community safe and a lesson for parents to keep an eye on their kids.
"It's a very good tool. A lot of the kids don't understand Odessa is growing and it can get dangerous out there at night. It's a vital tool for us," Sgt. Carta said.
"The parent's should know where the children are at all times, they shouldn't be roaming the streets at night, and it's the responsiblilty for the students and the parents that way they know where they are to keep safe," Tercero said.
It's a curfew that many adults agree on when it comes to keeping everyone safe, and having peace of mind.
"There are some teens that are destructive and don't obey the law, so it's good to make sure they're in before 11. We want to keep our community safe, enjoy living in Odessa, and live in a nice environment," Tercero said.