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City aldermen again consider different curfews

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By Tom Weber, KWMU

St. Louis, MO – St. Louis aldermen will again discuss whether the city's curfew laws should be split up into different age brackets.

Right now, everyone younger than 18 has to be in by midnight during the week and a 1:00 a.m. on the weekends. Alderman Craig Schmid's bill would make curfew earlier for younger kids.

"We're trying to give a message to the community that there should be some standards that differentiate based on ages," Schmid noted, in an interview. "Not that we'll be able to tell if a child is 17 or 16, but we'll probably know if they're in diapers or in high school."

Under the proposed ordinance, children under the age of five would have to be in by 8:00. Kids under 11 would have until 11:00 to stay out. The midnight curfew would remain for youths 11 and older.

The legislation also contains exemptions for youths who are with adults or who are on their way home from a job. Similar legislation last year never came up for a vote.

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