Teen curfew a possibility in Tuscaloosa

TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) - Tuscaloosa City Councilors are following the lead of other area cities. They are considering enacting a teen curfew.

Tuesday the City Council Public Safety Committee heard the official pitch from the Mayor and Police Chief.

The proposed curfew states children 17 years old and younger not accompanied by an adult would have to be off city streets from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.

If a child breaks curfew, they would face possible fines ranging from $100 to $500.

Tuscaloosa Police Chief Steve Anderson said juvenile crime has increased in the city over the last few years, and that is why he is hoping councilors support his plan enacting a teen curfew.

"Ever since I became chief, I've notice trend of juvenile problems," said Anderson, "They were committing not just misdemeanor crimes, but serious felony crimes."

Mayor Walt Maddox said 16 months ago, the city started the "Hope Initiative" to try to attack crime, poverty and blight in the city.

He thinks the proposed curfew would help.

"I think it will reduce juvenile crime," said Maddox, "I think it will put the community on notice, students on notice, and parents on notice, that Tuscaloosa will be a safe city."

The issue will go before the full City Council for a vote at an upcoming meeting.