Atlanta (WAOK) – Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, Police Chief George Turner and MARTA officials put parents on notice today that this summer could be expensive to them if they don’t keep track of their children.

City officials announced a plan to  require teens under the age of 16 to be in the house by 11 pm on weeknights and midnight on weekends.

The city curfew has been in place for several years but will be enforced this summer.

Parents will receive a warning for the first offense if a child is caught outside after curfew. After that, parents can be fined as much as $1,000 and may spend up to 60 days in jail.

Some teens, as expected, are not happy with the ordinance

Comments (5)
  1. Sarah says:

    This is an excellent idea..It’s time parents start behaving as parents and keep track of their children..I see no reason for a child sixteen years or younger to be walking around after 9 pm, without being in the company of any adult, preferable a parent..If you’re not leaving work, you should be in your residence doing something constructive…

  2. GAYLE says:

    I think it a good idea. There is too much violence going on out here and I see this as 1 ounce of prevention.

  3. Sonia says:

    What a novel idea! Parents actually keeping up with and parenting their children. Too bad that the first time is only a warning. All it takes is one time for some kid to do harm to a citizen. Atlanta has been way to lax on dealing with the young criminal element.

  4. mary Cassaberry says:

    This is the best news I have heard in a long time, I don’t even live in Atlanta Ga and I think this should happen in most cities, due to the changing times we now have, only parents who don’t care where their children is will have a lot to say about this plan, you go mayor put your city on the map as am example of what will happen if you don’t obey the rules, I love this idea so much , I bet a lot of nonsence will stop, and someone’s life just might be saved, now is this not worth trying to inforce , you got to be an idiot to not see this. My hat is off to you Mr. Mayor. God bless you

    1. mary Cassaberry says:

      I misspelled a word in my resent comment, I wanted to say example not sample, please correct. Thank you

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