- Associated Press - Sunday, June 22, 2014

MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) - The Meridian City Council is leaning against changes to the city’s youth curfew for now.

The curfew, in place since 1996, calls for youths under 18 to be home from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. during the week and from midnight to 6 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday mornings.

The Meridian Star reports (bit.ly/1jHSbGr) police statistics show 16 violations from July 2013 to June 2014.

Councilman Dustin Markham says officials have tentatively decided to leave the curfew unchanged and consider changes in the future.

If the city keeps current times, officials could still change fines. Councilman George Thomas says he thinks $25 is sufficient.

Police Chief Benny Dubose says there will be stricter enforcement of the rules and says he will make recommendations for changes when necessary.

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Information from: The Meridian Star, http://www.meridianstar.com

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