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City Council Votes to Reinstitute Downtown Curfew
Posted Date: 7/3/2013 12:00 PM

Greensboro City Council voted today, July 3, to reinstitute a temporary curfew for individuals age 17 and under in downtown Greensboro and the central business district. The curfew is from 11 pm to 6 am every day of the week, begins tonight, July 3, and will be in effect for 60 days.

According to Greensboro Mayor Robbie Perkins, in advance of what is expected to be large crowds in the downtown area participating in July 4 activities, City Council acted to ensure a safe and welcoming environment for all residents. “We have a safe downtown and this curfew is one of the options we can use to maintain a high level of safety in the future,” says Perkins. “We believe this proactive step will help curb future incidents like we had last weekend. While this is not a City government problem, it’s a problem that the City and community are working to address and we feel this is a step in the right direction.”

Council elected to implement the curfew in response to a series of downtown incidents, including fights, involving large groups of teenagers June 29-30. There was a similar curfew enforced in 2011.

Violations of the curfew are considered a Class 3 misdemeanor. Offenders age 16 and 17 are subject to a $200 fine and possible confinement, as directed by the courts. Offenders age 15 and under are subject to delinquency proceedings of the juvenile courts.

Council will reassess the temporary curfew at a future regularly scheduled meeting.

2013 Summer Curfew Boundary Map

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