Curfew continues for youth in Central Falls

Central Falls imposes curfew

Central Falls police are issuing a reminder of a curfew that's actually been around for 6 years.

The curfew calls for teens under the age of 18 to be off the streets by 9 p.m. unless accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Central Falls Police Chief James Mendonca told NBC 10 the curfew is meant to deter troublemakers and protect potential victims.

The curfew first went into effect in 2008 following a couple fatal shootings involving teens.

Central Falls Mayor James Diossa told NBC 10 that while there's no hard evidence, the curfew has worked.

He said the new reminder comes because of the time of year, not any increase in problems, although a 17-year-old was stabbed after the curfew time over the weekend.

Diossa said, "Summer, you'll see more activity. So we want to make sure that the families know that their kids are home safe and that anyone with any bad intentions doesn't have a greater opportunity of doing it."

A first violation of the curfew would result in a written warning. Following violations could result in fines or other punishment for the parent or guardian.