Curfews for teens

Many teenagers have a set time they have to be home by their parents. Usually, teenagers must be home from dates and nights out with friends by anywhere from 10 o’clock at night to 2 o’clock in the morning. Each parent has an extremely different curfews set for their children, based on the individual level of responsibility and trust levels. Some local government decides to set their own curfews, to keep teens off the streets at night and out of trouble. Many people argue whether this actually solves anything, or is even legal to do since it is taking away a piece of a teenager’s freedom.

No parent wants to see their kid coming home at 4 in the morning. Every parent relates the time their child comes home at with whether they were correlated in an event that could have a negative occurrence. Teenage years revolve around finding one’s self, outlook on the future, and at times, participating in events cause they are considered cool. Also, a form of acting rebellious. I was in high school, and without seeing statistics to back up my arguments I have first-hand experience that curfews lead teens to stay out of trouble. When I refer to curfews I am referring to state laws, not their parents giving the teenager a certain time to come home because those times vary among different adults.

A study shows that state’s that have curfews have lower crime rate among teens. For example, “Typical curfews require that teenagers under 17 years stay out of streets starting from 11 pm or midnight. This is believed to protect them from crimes committed after nightfall, as well as from violating the law, and there exist serious evidence in favor of this conviction.

Teenage curfews have been a widely debated topic throughout history. Parents curfews have been enforced to the distraught sense on a teenager. While curfews enforced by the government have become a larger issue due to the fact that some parents do not believe their child should have a curfew. That is a factor in the problem with society, but that is an argument for another day. I believe curfew laws need to be involved because of the safety of the children. The child involved may not drink or engage in any events that usually lead to trouble, but coming home around midnight compared to 2 AM is much safer. A study shows that drunk driving accidents are 4.5 times greater to occur later at night than during the day. Why put your child at risk of becoming a victim of a drunk driving accident? The child might have implications in doing anything wrong, but can still be affected.

I also believe a curfew develops values within a teen. It instills responsibility and awareness amongst teenagers. If a teenage values the curfew law that means he understands the importance of it and its effect on society. The curfew law is enforced to keep teenager’s parents out of court arguing and saving money from the wrongdoing of their child.

Studies show that 93% of cities that currently enforce a curfew law believe it is effective.

The law also helps out cops because they are less apt to worry about children participating in troublesome late night events in the case that their parents are not strict and do not abide by their own curfew laws. Curfews are heavily effective within cities and states that value them. The law is a progressive sign in a society that keeps teenagers out of trouble and is for the betterment of their life.

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