San Marcos votes to reinstate curfew for children under 17

City council members there voted 5-2 to reinstate an ordinance that had recently expired.

SAN MARCOS, Texas – Tue City of San Marcos reinstates a curfew for children.

City council members there voted 5-2 to reinstate an ordinance that had recently expired.

It states that children under the age of 17 are not allowed to go out overnight. It also says children are not allowed to be outside from 9am to 2.30pm to prevent children from skipping school

Some residents say the curfew is “tough” but the police chief says it’s about safety.

“Police officers don’t need a curfew to respond to crime; they need a crime,” Mano Amiga San Marcos’ Elle Cross said at Wednesday’s council meeting. “Just existing in public space shouldn’t be a crime.”

“Give your officers this tool so we can keep track of the case and reverse this violent crime,” Chief Stan Standridge said.

City leaders say the curfew has resulted in 87 summonses and no complaints since 2017. The fine for the violation is $50.

https://www.kvue.com/article/news/local/san-marcos-curfew/269-7fc206ec-fce0-456c-a97d-196a048149d8 San Marcos votes to reinstate curfew for children under 17

Laura Coffey

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