Effective from Friday night, Philadelphia teens must clear the streets by 9 p.m. in popular areas as police try to contain a recent epidemic of mob violence.
Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter enacted the new curfew after three incidents of random attacks by groups of teens in Old City, Center City, and Fairmount Park.
“Minors who are caught breaking curfew will be sent home, brought home or transported to a police station where their parents will be contacted,” the city said in a press release. “Minors may be issued a citation with a $100 to $300 fine for a first offense.” The curfew will apply to Center City and University City.
Nutter says parents of teens who participate in the attacks will face legal sanctions. The mayor adds that programs at youth centers and help for parents will be offered as curfew enforcement continues.
Despite the new efforts to contain the mob violence, only four of the 11 attacks since 2008 reportedly occurred after the new curfew hours.
by Robbo Green