The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

April 3, 2013

Ashtabula City Council tweaks curfew laws

Star Beacon

ASHTABULA — The children spoke and City Council heard them.

Council unanimously changed the city’s curfew laws Monday night after a group of Lakeside Junior High School seventh-graders weighed in on the issue last month.

The new law states minors under 15 years old must be in the company of a parent or guardian from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. during the summer months, and between hours of 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. from September to May.

Minors 15, 16 and 17 years of age, must be in the company of an adult between the hours of 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. during the summer, and between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. from September to May.

LJHS student Olivia Cutlip, who attended Monday night’s meeting, said she wanted to see the summer curfew changed to later hours.

The new curfew allows the older children a little more time to play outside, so she was pleased with the results.

“If we could stay outside later, kids may be more active,” she said. “They could be outside running around, instead of playing on electronics.”

The children became involved at their teacher, Susan Marple’s urging. They  read codified curfew ordinance 509.08 and wrote business letters to City Council with their suggestions.

Upon receiving the students’ letters, council invited them to attend its next safety forces committee meeting. Marple was thrilled. She said the students believed their ideas better reflected today’s society.