A new curfew will be going into effect in Jim Wells County a few days into the new year. It is an effort to try to get kids off the streets at night and lower the crime rate at the same time.
The City of Alice already has a curfew in place, and now the county is following suit.
"I like it, but at the same time I don't like it, just because I have to follow it," said Carley Little, a 16 year old student at Orange Grove High School. "But I think it's good because of the kids that need to follow it and that cause trouble around here."
Little is in favor of the new Jim Wells County curfew. She had her sport utility vehicle vandalized recently, and she feels that if the curfew had been in place, the paint might not be peeling off her vehicle after someone put some kind of chemical on it in the overnight hours.
"It's up to the parents," said James Schmidt, director of the Juvenile Probation Department. "They need to know where their kids are at night, and after 12, they need to be at home."
County commissioners approved the new midnight-6 a.m. curfew for anyone under the age of 17 caught out without their parent. The new rule goes into effect Jan. 15 of next year. Parents could be fined up to $500 if their kid violates the law.
To be clear, the curfew does effect all of Jim Wells County.
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