GREENVILLE, S.C. – A warning for teens now that school is out and summer is here, a curfew is still being enforced in parts of Greenville city.
Over 5 years ago, officials started a curfew after some juvenile crimes were committed in the city.
Any child under the age of 18 isn’t allowed in the city’s central business district after 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and holidays. Once 10 p.m. rolls around, police will be asking for identification. Any kid that misses curfew will be taken to city hall and picked up by their parents.
“Downtown Greenville is a good place to be,” said Michael Solano. “You can’t really stir up that much trouble because you have law enforcement around at all times. Some people can’t get rides because our parents work during the day and everything and sometimes we can’t go out until it is night.”
The teens who violate it will not be charged but they will need to see a detective. Parents could be ticketed if their children become a repeat problem.
“I think it is good and bad at the same time,” said Christian Santiago. “Not that much bad stuff will happen but some people want to be out most of the time.”
In the past, police have cited several teens violating the curfew. That’s why Jack Logan with Put Down the Guns Now Young People says he’s hanging out at Falls Park on the weekends to remind kids to go home on time.
“We have a wonderful chief and wonderful officers out here to do one thing, to protect the citizens and the people,” said Logan, Put Down the Guns Now Young People. “We enjoy doing that. Meeting a lot of fascinating people and fascinating things.”