- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 2, 2015

OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) - School may be out, but curfew will remain in place for juveniles in Opelousas.

On Monday, the city’s police department announced it will continue to enforce a juvenile curfew that was already being used before school was let out, the Daily World reports (https://bit.ly/1I9cyxp).

The city ordinance makes it unlawful for any child under the age of 17 to be out in public from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. on weekday nights and from midnight to 5 a.m. on weekend nights.

The maximum fine for parents whose children break curfew is $300.

“If the child is charged, then the parent has to pay,” Opelousas police spokesman Officer Corey Leger said. “The parent may be charged if the child is not at home and they don’t have a good reason for the child to be out at that time.”

Leger, who said officers will have zero tolerance when dealing with curfew, also mentioned that there is a rise in crime by juveniles in the city during the summer when school is out.

“We do enforce it, but it becomes more serious when school is out,” Leger said. “There’s not much to do in Opelousas and there’s no summer programs, so some kids get into trouble late at night.”

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Information from: The Daily World, https://www.dailyworld.com

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