EVARTS, Ky. (WYMT) - When the sirens sound you better be home. that is the message from city council members in Evarts. They are modifying a curfew that started decades ago. Now if a child is out too late, parents will pay the price.
Soon at 10:00pm on weeknights, the sirens will sound off in Evarts letting children know it is time to get inside.
"It's mainly to keep our kids safe, keep them inside where something won't happen to them," said Mayor Eddie Manning.
Evarts City Council is making changes to its city curfew. In the proposal, curfew for children under 18 will start at 10:00pm Sunday through Thursday and 11:00pm on Friday and Saturday.
"It keeps the kids out of trouble and keeps the kids from being victims from adults that might be out past ten or eleven o'clock," said Lupe Blas, Evarts Police Chief.
"The children are not out causing trouble. They're not criminals in the sense, but they are out putting themselves in harm's way," said Manning. "A lot of 12 year old children do not understand the dangers of making a shortcut through somebody's yard at two in the morning."
In an effort to make sure children follow the curfew, the new revised ordinance also creates a fine for parents of children who are out past the city's curfew. Parents will have to pay $25 the first time and $50 each time after that.
Police will enforce it.
"If we see them after 10:00 curfew, we pick them up, take them to the parents, explain to the parents their child is out past curfew," said Chief Blas.
Officials say the fine will be paid to Evarts City Hall.
Leaders say not only will the curfew keep children safe, they believe it will also help them get more sleep during the school year.
Evarts City Council still has to have the final reading of the revised ordinance for the fines to go into effect. They plan to do that next month.