'3 strikes' Chicago curfew starts this weekend

September 16, 2011 2:55:10 PM PDT
A new curfew for children in Chicago takes effect on Sunday.

The law requires children 11 and under to be off the streets by 8:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and by 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The curfew for children between 12 and 16 is 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel handed out cards today at a CTA Red Line station in the Uptown neighborhood to remind parents about the new law.

"we want to make sure the parents have incentives or dis-incentives to do what is responsible and keep these kids indoors, hopefully, doing their homework, but not out on the street where they can become a victim of violence," Mayor Emanuel said.

A "three strikes" penalty system will be in place: the first two times curfew is broken, a $500 fine will be assessed; the third time, he fine increases to $1,500.

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