Curfew Enforcement in Hazard

By: Dara Rees Email
By: Dara Rees Email

The curfew is for teens under the age of 18 who are out after 9:30 at night. Chief Ronnie Bryant says the curfew is an old ordinance, but recent arrests highlight its importance, and he says he will soon have some extra help to enforce it.

Officers say the curfew is only for the teens safety. "Some of the teenagers have been victims of assaults, one instance where the victim was a victim of kidnapping," says Chief Bryant.

He says several other teens are facing charges for crimes committed after dark. "If the teenagers are out for no legitimate purpose, we will ask them to go home. If for some reason they don't go home, we will pick them up, bring them to the station and call their parents," he says.

Officer Ruey Couch says, "You get late at nights and things go on. We want to try to keep the younger people, keep them out of trouble."

Couch patrols the roads in Hazard and says as temperatures warm up, the curfew ordinance gets harder to enforce, but soon there will be some more help. Two former officers are returning to the force, Mike Napier and Bruce Fields.

"It's great, they are excellent officers, they worked here before. It's excellent to have them back, we need the help," says Couch.

Chief Bryant says a tight budget and a lack of trained officers is keeping them about five officers short of a full staff. Now the focus for all these men is keeping the community safe, especially the youth.

"It is one thing that we can do to prevent these teenagers from being in the situation for it to happen, especially at late hours," says Bryant.

Bryant says parents should know where their teens are by the time it gets dark. He says District Judge Leigh Ann Stephens is on board to help deal with the curfew and keep the city of Hazard safer after dark.


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  • by Former Patrolman on Apr 9, 2009 at 06:34 PM
    Teenagers give most of the businesses in Hazard their money at night. Generally fast food restaurants. I wonder how many of them will support the city council next election. A person with a well known last name was harassed by unknown teenagers. Thats the reason for the curfew. Crappy east Kentucky politics. How many people who live in surrounding counties will come to Hazard to eat or shop in the evening with their children. I won't anymore until the curfew is lifted. If I were pulled over by a Hazard police officer just because my son was driving, then its federal grand jury time in London. The officer (I have been one most of my life) is just sh** out of luck. Its your constitutional right to drive or walk down the road without police harassment. If you are not breaking the law, THEY CANNOT EVEN ASK YOU FOR AN ID.
  • by amberly Location: eky on Apr 9, 2009 at 01:55 PM
    "crimes at night"? ok then...
  • by dlb Location: east ky on Apr 8, 2009 at 05:29 PM
    Obviously parents aren't going to control their kids, so someone has to.
  • by Dustin Location: Winchester on Apr 8, 2009 at 04:51 PM
    Last time I checked this was a free country. You just cannot control people this way. You can't ake away their freedom in order to "prevent" crime. Just one lawsuit will end this fascist idea.
  • by Vanessa Location: Hazard on Apr 8, 2009 at 03:34 PM
    I feel that this law is going to affect young people that are out walking around town. I don't think that the city police are going to pull over every car and check the age of the driver. I always had a curfew when I was a teenager. When I started driving at 16, I had to be home by 10pm. Movies are over with by 9:30pm and McDonalds has the drive thru. After 18 I was home by 11:00pm. Nothing else to do after 11pm. In away this will be a good thing and help keep children off the STREETS.
  • by anonymous on Apr 8, 2009 at 02:55 PM
    Read the ordinance, it was in the paper. There are exceptions. I guess the problem is, people who think it sounds like nazi germany can't read.
  • by Former Patrolman on Apr 8, 2009 at 02:19 PM
    By the way HPD. Oink oink oink, if the shoe fits, WEAR IT.
  • by Former Patrolmam Location: Kentucky on Apr 8, 2009 at 02:18 PM
    It is unconstitutional! Call the FBI in Pikevlle and make a complaint. It just takes one. What if 20 called. This falls under false arrest in federal law. It's not the teenagers fault. It's lack of correctly trained police officers. If they can't handle a town the size of Hazard. It's time for the apathetic police officers to leave. The Chief should be fired. Don't make the children pay for their MALICE.
  • by ladyt Location: Hazard on Apr 8, 2009 at 12:57 PM
    MG--we DO have theaters in Hazard!!! This law is for the safety of our kids. I for one will be glad to see it inforced!!
  • by MG on Apr 8, 2009 at 12:15 PM
    Debbie, in that case they have a reason to be out, and are heading home. This is more about kids hanging around outside at night, not driving home in their cars.
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