City of Midland is Keeping Curfew

by Jacqueline Sit
NewsWest 9

"When you look at it, I wouldn't think that kids that age need to be out at 2 or 3 in the morning, movies are over by midnight.  They're usually home from work if they do by those hours," Price Robinson, Interim Chief of Midland Police Department said.

Midland Police are trying to keep your kids safe from being a victim of violence by using a curfew.  Here in Midland, city council members gave the okay to keep them off the streets from midnight to 6 in the morning, 7 days a week.

"It's just a good tool for us to have to keep people off the street and lower the chance of criminal mischief or burglaries or any kind of criminal activity," Robinson said.

This summer, Midland Police has seen their share of juvenile crimes especially with vandalism.

"Usually you see spikes when school is out during the summer when kids are home," Robinson said.

This law has been in effect for 12 years now and proven to be pretty successful for the city of Midland.  With the ordinance, other programs made its way to town, from curbing underage drinking to suppression gang units.

We hit the streets to ask parents if they knew about the curfew, nearly everyone was  surprised.

"It's a good idea, kids shouldn't be out that late anyway," one parent said.

"I agree with it, it's a great idea, I didn't know about it," another parent said.

But parents are applauding the renewal, keeping the law and there are a few exceptions.

For example, if a minor is with a parent or guardian in cases of emergency or if they're coming home from work.

If violated, the fines could cost up to 500 dollars.   Odessa also has a curfew for those 16 and under, from Sunday to Thursday, it's eleven p.m., and on Friday and Saturday, their curfew is midnight.