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Curfews: Why?

  • Date Submitted: 01/28/2010 04:15 AM
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“In one study the average adult surmised that teens amount for forty-three percent of all violent crimes, when in reality the number is only a mere thirteen percent, and this number is made up of only half a percent of minors.” (Stoup, Page 1) Teenagers should not be forced to follow a ridged time schedule because of a curfew. Curfews severely reduce the amount of time that minors have to do things like youth events or church groups. Some people believe that youth are inexperienced drivers that cause accidents and that a curfew would limit these accidents. Think about that for a moment removing teenagers from the road would reduce accidents but Wouldn’t Removing People aged thirty-forty also reduce traffic accidents does that mean that they are inexperienced drivers. Curfews are a quick to a much bigger problem youth are not the only ones committing crimes. Eighty-seven percent of crime is caused by adults over the age of eighteen and the amount of minors causing crimes is only half a percent.

Legitimate Reasons some Teens have them “Many will have part-time jobs, for example in fast-food restaurants or delivering newspapers. Others will wish to participate in activities such as church groups, youth clubs or school trips. Requiring adults always to take them to and from such activities is unreasonable and will ensure that many never take place in the first place, either because adults are unwilling, or are unable to do so.” (Endersby Page 3) So why should teens be stuck at home when they could be earning money or developing social skills.

Do curfews solve problems? “Curfews are a quick fix to a much bigger problem. Curfews don\'t change the reasons why young people commit vandalism and it\'s not a proven effective approach. It\'s also not consistent with our government\'s policy of developing young people to be full productive citizens.\" (MacLeod, Page 2) A bigger problem is crime in general. Youth are not the only ones who commit crimes a large...


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