Blakely is Enforcing Curfew Laws

By: Cynthia Washington Email
By: Cynthia Washington Email

Most parents expect their children to be home at a certain time.

With juvenile crime increasing, one Southwest Georgia town is cracking down on curfews.

A late night, an empty home and unsupervised teens.

It's a combination that Blakely is trying to get rid of.

"It is like the older generation used to say nothing good happens after midnight, so chances are they are up to no good and they need some more supervision during those hours," said Blakely Mayor Anthony Howard.

The hours are 11pm to 6am, and breaking and entering is just one of the crimes teens are committing but the Early County Sheriff is turning the lights on their plans.

"With school kids being out for summer I think he feels those kids need some more supervision need some adult super vision and this is one way that he can do that and as a city we adopt the ordinances and it is up to law enforcement to enforce those," said Howard.

If caught outside during curfew hours teens could be in serious trouble.

"Punishments can range from just written warning to 90 days in jail followed by fines but to 500 bucks it all depends," said Chief Deputy Early County Sheriff Department Tim Hardrick.

With jail time as an option, the sheriff's department is hoping it will deter crimes and residents are on board with the stricter punishments.

"We have had neighbors call in about kids walking around the neighbor hood throwing rocks and other kid type stuff," Deputy Hardrick.

"I think it is a good thing for minors, it keeps them out of trouble,"said Blakely resident Willie Miller.

There are a few exceptions to the curfew law such as coming home directly from work, running an emergency errand for a parent or if the minor is with an adult older than 21 years old.

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