The new nighttime curfew for San Luis Obispo youth will go into effect July 7 following final approval by the City Council last week. The curfew makes it illegal for anyone 15 and younger to be in a public place without adult supervision late at night.
Crafted by police Chief Deborah Linden, the law prohibits almost anyone younger than 16 to be in public places from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. on weekdays and from midnight to 5 a.m. on weekends without an adult. First-time offenders will be issued a warning, followed by a $100 fine or community service for further offenses. The fine will max out at $200 and/or 20 hours of community service. Parents or guardians of those youth may also be cited, up to $500, if they knowingly allow their minor to violate the curfew.
Exceptions include minors who are: on an errand for a “responsible” adult; going to or returning from a job; on the sidewalk abutting their home; attending a school, religious or recreational activity; emancipated by law; or going to or returning from a private place without stopping.