The City of Jonesboro recently approved a revised ordinance that will fine parents whose children are on the streets past 11:00 PM. The revisions are in response to multiple teen incidents at The Party Hall, the most recent being where a 16-year old was arrested after elbowing a police officer.
According to the News-Daily, “Jonesboro police will be tasked, under the ordinance, with picking up any children found violating the curfew, and taking them to the Jonesboro police headquarters. The parents of the youths will then be called . . . and they will have to come pick up their children. Upon picking up their children, the parents will be given a citation which will require them to appear in court and pay a fine.”
I think we all know at least one parent who cannot control their child(ren) no matter what they do or how hard they try. This ordinance is going to be a rude (financial) awakening for those parents, and with summer a few months away, the city of Jonesboro could potentially make a ton of money.
The dollar amount of the fine has not yet been set, and that could be the determining factor in whether this ordiance works, especially for those parents whose child(dren) violate the ordinance more than once.
Do you think this revised ordinance will help to make parents more responsible for their children?
According to the Clayton County Police Department, the county’s teen curfew is still in effect as follows: children under 17 must be off the street from 11pm-6am Sunday-Thursday; and 12am-6am Friday-Saturday.