The Texarkana Texas City Council voted to renew the city’s youth curfew ordinance that makes it illegal for anyone younger than 17 to be in public on the Texas side without a parent and certain times.
The curfew in Texarkana Texas was first enacted in the early 1990’s. (Though Facebook comments on the topic mentioned curfews as far back as the mid-80’s when the Spring Lake Park layout was changed). At the recent City Council meeting it was decided to keep the ordinance in place. State law mandates that curfew laws be reviewed every three years.
Ordinance No. 2017-117 authorizing the continuation of the Juvenile Curfew Ordinance, as originally adopted in Ordinance No. 261-93 and last continued in Ordinance No. 2014-117, for an additional period of three (3) years.
The ordinance makes it illegal for anyone 17 or younger to be out without a parent from 11:00 p.m. Sunday through Thursday at 6:00 a.m., Friday from 12:01 a.m. until 6 a.m. and the same for Saturday and Sunday; also for truancy reasons, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday when school is in session.
Violation of the Curfew is a misdemeanor, punishable by a fine that could be as much as $500,
Texarkana Texas City Council Meeting agendas and video are available online. The November 13 meeting can be seen HERE.