Montgomery County Council considers teen curfew

ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP, ABC7) - The Montgomery County Council is taking up a proposed curfew for teenagers under 18.

The proposal from County Executive Isiah Leggett is on the agenda for Tuesday morning's council session.

The bill would impose an 11 p.m. curfew from Sunday through Thursday nights and a 12:01 a.m. curfew on the weekends. Minors would be barred from public places in the county until 5 the next morning, and parents could be held responsible for allowing their children to violate the curfew.

The council is also considering a separate proposal to ban smoking in certain common areas of apartment buildings and within 25 feet of playground.

On a Facebook, teenagers are venting about the proposed rule. They've started an event page to "stand up to the MoCo Youth Curfew" that suggests steps to take for those opposing the regulation, such as signing a petition.

Montgomery County police say juvenile crime hasn't actually increased -- they say they want the curfew to keep it that way.

The national youth rights association has joined the battle against a curfew, saying it violates young people's rights and doesn't even work.

Another challenge is that the curfew does not apply to incorporated jurisdictions like Gaithersburg and Rockville. Their own governments would have to sign on as well.

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