Douglas County puts new curfew into place

9:25 PM, Jul 27, 2007   |    comments
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Minors in Douglas County are now facing a new curfew.

On Wednesday, the Board of County Commissioners voted unanimously to pass a new curfew ordinance.

The previous curfew was ruled unconstitutional last December by a Douglas county judge. The judge said the curfew was too vague, saying it punished minors who were out late, even if it was because of a specific reason, like a late-night movie.

The new curfew has different wording; specifically mentioning loitering as a reason for punishment.

The hours, meanwhile, have not changed.

Anyone under 18 cannot be out from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Sunday through Thursday, and midnight to 5 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

"There's no reason for someone under the age of 18 to be out at a park until 2 in the morning. Not only are they not doing anything, they're in violation of a curfew, but they run the risk of becoming victims themselves," said Cocha Heyden with the Douglas County Sheriff's Office.

Minors who are out loitering past the deadline face a class two petty offense and a possible $1,000 fine.

Minors who are out for legitimate purposes will need to prove so to law enforcement officials.

Parents can also be penalized if they allow their children to be out after the scheduled hours.

Click here for more information on Douglas County's curfew.

Below are curfew rules for other communities in the metro area:

Adams County:
- 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Sunday through Thursday
- Midnight to 5 a.m. Friday and Saturday
- 18 years old and younger

Arapahoe County:
- 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Sunday through Thursday
- Midnight to 5 a.m. Friday and Saturday
- 18 years old and younger
- Exceptions: school functions or permit from parents

Boulder:
- 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Sunday through Thursday
- Midnight to 5 a.m. Friday and Saturday
- 16 years old and younger

Unincorporated Boulder County:
- No curfew except for Superior:
- Under 16 years old: 10:30 p.m.– 5:00 a.m. Sunday through Thursday

Denver:
- 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Sunday through Thursday
- Midnight to 5 a.m. Friday and Saturday
- 18 years old and younger
- Exceptions: coming and going to work, traveling interstate, accompanied by parents/guardian

Jefferson County:
- 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Sunday through Thursday
- Midnight to 5 a.m. Friday and Saturday
- 18 years old and younger

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