Mayor James and Chief Forte Remind Parents And Youth of Current Curfew

March 12, 2015 - KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI
Responsible behavior from parents and youth is expected

Due to warmer temperatures in the forecast for the weekend, Mayor Sly James and Chief Darryl Forte reminded the community today of the current citywide curfew for minors.

Individuals age 17 and younger are subject to an 11 p.m. curfew on weeknights and a midnight curfew on weekends up until the Friday before Memorial Day.

“Warmer temperatures mean more people are out and about in our City. That’s a good thing as long as everyone acts appropriately,” Mayor James said. “I’m happy to lead efforts for summer youth programming, but it is the responsibility of parents to take care of their children every day.”

Police Chief Darryl Forte said: “We’re dedicated to making Kansas City a safe place for residents and visitors to enjoy themselves, and we will continue to enforce the curfew ordinance. But we can only do so much. Parents must take responsibility for their children, as well, knowing where they are and what they are doing.”

Among organizations hosting events of interest to youth this weekend:

  • Kansas City Public Library presents Friday Night Family Fun: St. Patrick’s Day Fun. Friday March 13, 2015,  6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch.

  • Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art presents Art + Family = Fun, featuring WWI activities. Saturday, March 14, and Sunday, March 15, 2015.

The City’s more stringent curfew is enforceable from the Friday of Memorial Day weekend until the last Sunday in September and will be supported by appropriate increased police presence.

For minors 15 and younger, the curfew is set at 10 p.m.,. For minors ages 16 and 17, the curfew is set at 11 p.m.  in most parts of the City.

The City’s five entertainment districts — the Plaza, Westport, Downtown/Central Business District, 18th and Vine, and Zona Rosa — have a special curfew during summer months that requires anyone under 18 to be accompanied by a parent or guardian after 9 p.m. during those summer months.

Contact: Michael Grimaldi: 816-513-6579 or cell: 816-945-2902