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Township to begin curfew for minors

GREEN TOWNSHIP, Ohio (Larry Davis) -- Teens and young people in one part of Cincinnati could find themselves in trouble with police if they stay out too late.           

Green Township will be putting a curfew in place and those who violate it will be cited.  Until now, there was no law on the books requiring teens here to be off the streets.  With the curfew, if a person is 16 and 17, 12:30a.m. is their curfew.  If a teen is under 15 they must be home by 11:30p.m.
Many like the idea.  The curfew helps parents who can now tell their kids 11:30p.m. or 12:30p.m. isn't their curfew, it's the law.  The township will be monitoring it in the weeks and months ahead to see if the they need to tweak the new curfew.

With summer vacation drawing to a close, Kerrianne Giacci took in a round of putt putt with the grand-kids Wednesday.  The new Green Township teen curfew was news to her but she thought it was good news

"I think it's a good idea.  It depends on what the kids are doing and where they're at," said Kerianne.

Her granddaughter, Lyndsay Roberto, had no problem with a law requiring teens to be home at a certain time.

"I think it's actually a good idea, considering all what teenagers are doing now days," Lyndsay told Local 12.

Green Township police Chief Bart West said his officers were seeing more and more teens out late at night, some were as young as 10.

"Also, there was concern among our police officers that since all our surrounding communities have curfews that kids from other communities were coming in from Green Township congregating late at night," said Chief West.

Neighboring communities like Cheviot, Delhi and Colerain have curfews so their children often came to Green Township for a late evening.  Parents and their teens doing back to school shopping today also welcomed news of a curfew.  All agreed, the curfew should keep kids safe.
Those who violate the curfew will be cited to juvenile court and it will be up to the court to determine punishment.

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