Teens being kept out of late night Mardi Gras due to new curfew law
POSTED: Monday, February 20, 2012 - 5:45pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, March 7, 2012 - 6:58pm
NEW ORLEANS, LA (NBC33) — This year’s Carnival Season saw a new law that’s helped to keep teens away from possible trouble.
Back in January New Orleans City Council members unanimously passed a curfew change. Teens under the age of 16 must now be accompanied by a guardian if they’re going to be in the French Quarter after 8:00 p.m.
The goal is to reduce crime in the area by keeping youth away from possible negative influences or potentially dangerous situations.
Exceptions are made for some. If teens can provide proof of employment in the French Quarter, they will not be considered in violation of the new curfew law.
So far 816 Mardi Gras-related arrests have been made this year. Of those arrests 170 have been curfew-related. Violators are arrested and taken to the city’s “Curfew Center” where a call is made home to parents. Officials say feedback from parents has been positive.