CONCORD (CBS SF) – The City of Concord Tuesday night approved one of the strictest daytime curfew laws in the Bay Area, unanimously passing a law making it illegal for any child to be in public during normal school hours.
According to city officials, the purpose of the curfew is to lessen daytime crime and stop rampant truancy.
According to the City of Concord, during the first offense, the police would issue a warning citation, mailing the parent(s) a notification that the minor has been found in violation of the curfew. The parent(s) will then be required to sign and return the notification, including any explanation of an applicable ordinance exception.
The daytime curfew would function like a traffic ticket; $100 for the first offense, $200 for the second, and $500 for the third. Failure to appear could result in a bench warrant.
Ten other Bay Area cities have relatively new day time curfews law, most which cite the students and generate a court appearance. But Concord’s law takes it a step beyond, in that parents could be cited as well.
The new law will exempt home-schooled students who carry an identification card.
Critics have said the new policy unfairly targets the poor and opens the door for racial profiling. But city leaders said new curfew is constitutional and legally defensible.
The curfew takes affect in the last week of August, just in time for the new school year.