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Kansas City's Summer Curfew For Teens Begins This Weekend

Mayor's Nights during the summer try to keep teens off streets in entertainment districts.

Kansas City’s summer curfew for minors begins Friday evening and will remain in effect until September.

The summer curfew, enforced nightly from Memorial Day weekend until the last Sunday in September, requires anyone under 18 years old to be accompanied by a parent after 9 p.m. in five of Kansas City’s entertainment districts: the Country Club Plaza, Westport, Downtown, 18th and Vine and Zona Rosa.

Outside of these areas, the curfew is 10 p.m. for people 15 and under and 11 p.m. for teens aged 16 and 17.

Minors attending Mayor’s Nights events at one of the City’s community centers or working after curfew are exempt, but they are asked to go straight home afterward.

Damon Daniel, President of AdHoc Group Against Crime, said the programs put in place by the city and local churches have made the curfew effective.

“It’s really one of those things where it’s taking all of us — the City, community organizations, churches and parents alike — to work together, and I think that’s what makes this thing work.”

The current summer curfew was enacted by the City Council in 2011.

Nicolas Telep is KCUR's morning news intern. 

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