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Thomasville Police crack down on curfew for minors

Posted at 6:15 PM, Jul 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-03 18:15:59-04

THOMASVILLE, Ga. (WTXL) — Thomasville Police officers are going to start cracking down on curfews for minors in the city.

Since the mid 1990's, there's been a city ordinance in Thomasville meant to keep minors off of the streets after certain hours, though the curfew has hardly been enforced in recent years.

Here lately, the police department has received calls from people concerned about teenagers darting in and out of traffic, and "running wild."

This city ordinance was originally put in place with the goal of keeping kids and teens safe off the streets and safe. If anyone under the age of 18 is caught breaking it, they will not be the only ones in trouble.

"We have to literally pick your child up and take them home, we can charge that child and you will get a warning," said Major Wade Glover with the Thomasville Police Department. "Upon a second violation of curfew by your child, you can be charged as a parent called 'parental responsibility.'"

So here's how the curfew works: Sunday through Thursday it's from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. On Friday and Saturday, it shifts from midnight to 5 a.m.

Of course, there are exceptions to the curfew. If kids or teens are leaving a school or church event, curfew does not apply.