March 6, 2017
As spring break approaches, the Dallas
Police Department wants to remind parents of the Dallas Juvenile Curfew
Ordinance. The curfew, which has been enforced since 1994, applies to all
juveniles under age 17, parents or guardians who knowingly permit or allow a
minor to remain in a public place during curfew hours, and business
owners/operators who knowingly allow a minor to remain on their premises during
Nighttime curfew hours are from 11:00
p.m. Sunday thru Thursday, until 6:00 a.m. of the following day, and from 12:01
a.m. until 6:00 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The ordinance also includes
juveniles under the age of 17 who are truant from school between the hours of
9:00 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Monday thru Friday. Parents who allow their
children to violate the curfew can be issued a citation. Business owners
and operators may also be cited for allowing juveniles to remain on premises
during curfew hours. The fine for a curfew violation can be up to $500.
Nighttime curfew hour exceptions
Accompanied by a
On an errand at the direction of
the minor’s parent/guardian.
Engaged in or going to or from
an employment activity.
Involved in an emergency.
On a sidewalk abutting the
Attending, going to or from an
official school/religious activity.
Daytime curfew exceptions include:
School in which the minor was
enrolled was not in session.
Participating in a school
approved work study program.
On an excused absence from
school and had permission from a school official.
The Dallas Police Department’s continued
enforcement of the Juvenile Curfew Ordinance has helped to reduce overall crime
committed by juvenile offenders and decreased the number of juvenile victims of
violent crimes. Youth crime reduction has also contributed to the Dallas
Police Department’s goal of making Dallas one of the five safest large
Dallas police officers will be actively
enforcing this ordinance during the coming weeks, and throughout the
year. Parents are encouraged to have their children adhere to this
ordinance, and to know where they are at all times.