As the new school year is about to begin, officials reminded children and their families about Chicago's curfew and truancy laws.Police Superintendent Jody Weis was joined by school officials and local clergy members. He believes curfew and truancy laws are vital to keeping children safe. He says so far this year there have been more than 18,000 curfew violations. Weis says those are lives saved from potential tragedy.
"Since the beginning of this year, 62 juveniles have been shot after curfew, after curfew. And seven unfortunately were fatally shot. That number is far too high but likely would have been far higher were it not for strict curfew enforcement," Weis said.
Chicago's curfew for children under 17 is 10 p.m. on weeknights and 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights.