With school out, police warn of city teen curfew times

Posted at 6:10 AM, May 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-15 16:28:55-04

School will be out for summer in a matter of days. That means more kids will be out and about during the day and at night.

Police want to remind parents and students about city curfews. For most Valley cities the curfew is 10 p.m. for kids 15 and younger. For 16 and 17 year olds it's at midnight.

The main reason for this is safety.

Phoenix police tell ABC15 a big concern is substance exposure when kids are out of school and unsupervised. It often begins with prescription drugs out of the medicine cabinet.

Sgt. Alan Pfohl with the Phoenix Police Department says, "Kids will experiment with prescription medications and then once they obtain whatever they're looking for from that prescription medication-now they're looking for the next best thing."

If kids are caught past curfew, they could face misdemeanor charges and so could mom or dad if they knew about it. 

Police are also concerned about house parties.

Sgt. Pfohl says social media now spreads house party info so quickly that the crowd ends up larger than expected and often the hosts don't know some people who show up. Sometimes, those strangers bring drugs, booze or even weapons into the home.

Sgt. Pfohl says, "If you see a large gathering of kids and you believe they are violating curfew, or that there may be alcohol involved or for any reason, please call Phoenix police."