Clayton police target curfew violators

By Linda Looney-Bond


Seven teenagers were cited for curfew violations during a recent sweep by county police.

Clayton County Police School Resource Officers encountered a handful of minors violating the county curfew during the week of spring break, said Clayton County Police spokeswoman Lt. Rebecca Brown.

The county curfew mandates that persons age 16 and under may not be outside, without an adult, past 11 p.m., Sunday through Thursday, and past midnight on Friday and Saturday, according to Brown.

"It's for the safety of the children. If they're out without supervision, they could fall prey to a predator, or get into some mischief of their own," said Marc Richards, assistant commander of the Clayton County Police School Resource Officer Unit.

Richards said the parents of all seven teenagers cited in the sweep were called to pick up their children.

"The parents have to appear with the child in court," Richards said. He said there will likely be a fine to pay in each case.

During the sweep, officers also encountered more than a dozen additional violations by others, including drug activity and traffic violations, according to police records.