School is starting to wind down and that brings summer time. You may not know but Lubbock has a juvenile curfew and the police department is going to start cracking down on it.

When does it start?

The Lubbock Police Department posted to social media on Tuesday to say they will begin to enforce the city’s juvenile curfew ordinance again starting May 18th, 2023.

This is a synopsis of the ordinance § Chapter 18 Article II Section 18-46. 

“The Lubbock Police Department will be ramping up its enforcement of the city’s juvenile curfew ordinance…through directed enforcement,” said the post.

What does this mean?

Officers will actively look for curfew violators Thursday through Saturday from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. LPD will have two teams of officers actively looking for juvenile curfew violators.

"It shall be unlawful for any person sixteen (16) or less years of age to be or remain in or upon any public place or in or upon any establishment within the city between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. of the following day, official city time, except that on Fridays and Saturdays and nights next preceding school holidays (not including summer vacation) the hours shall be from 12:00 midnight to 6:00 a.m," said the law.

What happens if you get caught?

Juveniles who violate the curfew hours may be taken into custody by a city police officer. The ordinance also stated that the penalty is a class C misdemeanor however, police have the discretion to hand over a juvenile “to appropriate authorities” depending on circumstances.

The police department said more information will be shared in the coming weeks on their social media.

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