Hoping to curtail a wave of late-night violence that has claimed the lives of several teens, Indianapolis police will begin aggressively enforcing the city’s curfew, reports the Indianapolis Star. Two teens were shot, one fatally, on Sunday night by a motorist angered when eggs struck his pickup truck. Officers said they will conduct sweeps, checking the IDs of those they suspect of being underage. Violators may be detained at a holding area until parents or guardians take them home. Violators will not be arrested but can receive a citation carrying a fine of $50 to $2,500.
Until the recent spate of youth-related violence, Police Chief Michael Spears said authorities regarded curfew violations as a low priority. The countywide curfew prohibits those younger than 18 from being out without a parent or guardian after 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, unless the child is going to or from school, a job, or a religious activity. For 15- to 17-year-olds, the curfew is 1 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Those with permission from their parents are exempt from the curfew. Police suggest that youths who have permission carry it in writing, along with some form of identification. Carla Spencer, 36, a mother of five children under 18, said, “There’s too much junk out on the streets. If you do put a curfew on these children, maybe we won’t have cars with knifed tires, or houses broken into, or plain stupidness.”