Juvenile Curfew Ordinance Proposed for Fort Stockton

Juvenile Curfew Ordinance Proposed for Fort Stockton

By Geena Martinez
NewsWest 9

FT. STOCKTON - School is out for the summer but students in Fort Stockton might have some new rules to follow.

That's because there's a proposal for a new juvenile curfew ordinance and council members are expected to vote on it Monday night.

For the first time ever, minors won't be able to stay out all night without any consequences if the ordinance is passed and parents could be held accountable too.

"It's been brought to the council before in the past," Fort Stockton Police Chief, Art Fuentes, said. "It wasn't a successful approach."

But Fuentes is hoping his approach gets it done this time.

Fuentes is proposing a juvenile ordinance. It's something the city has never had.

"I think it's something that's long overdue," Fuentes said. "It's not that juvenile crime has completely taken over that we need something like this. We're trying to be proactive."

If it passes, kids between the ages of 10 and 16 cannot be out from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. on weekdays and until midnight on weekends.

"After a certain time, they're just hanging out and getting into trouble," Fuentes said.

The ordinance also aims to protect kids.

"We have a lot of juvenile victims after hours, whether it be assault or be involved in a motor vehicle accident," Fuentes said.

The chief said the community is behind the proposal. The first offense will be documented with a warning and the second offense with a fine up to $500. Any offenses after that could land them in juvenile court and teens aren't the only ones who might have to pay up.

"If the parent knows the child is past its hours, they are held accountable as well," Fuentes said.

There are exceptions like quinceañeras, school functions and work.

Overall, Chief Fuentes hopes the curfew will keep kids out of trouble.