With summer in full swing, most kids are out of school. As the old saying goes, "an idle mind is the devil's playground." It's no secret, shooting incidents increase during the summer months in Buffalo and WNY. Does Erie County have a curfew for minors to help keep them out of trouble and off the streets at night?

Photo by Markus Winkler on Unsplash
Photo by Markus Winkler on Unsplash

Does Erie County Have A Curfew That Would Require Parents To Keep Their Teens At Home?

At one point, almost 30 years ago, the Erie County Legislature did in fact renew a curfew law on May 1, 1997,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED That the Erie County Legislature does hereby renew its commitment to the Juvenile Youth Curfew Project, recognizing the many successes of ·the program in the ·time of its existence and its desire to expand to provide additional services and to serve even more at risk youth.

This youth curfew law stated that,

children 16 years of age or under unaccompanied by a parent or guardian must be indoors and off city streets from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m., except on Friday and Saturday when the hours are midnight to 5 a.m

While I cannot find anything that states this youth curfew law is still in effect in Erie County, the City of Buffalo also had an active curfew in 2009 for youth according to 411 New York,

The City of Buffalo has instituted a curfew on those who are sixteen (16) and under between Sunday through Thursday from 11:00 PM to 5:00 AM and Friday through Saturday from 12:00 AM to 5:00 AM. If you are caught by the Buffalo Police Department, you will be asked for identification then sent home or to the District House. Guardians could also be fined up to US$200.00 in fines.

It seems, through my searches, that the youth curfews that were once in place have expired for both Erie County and the City of Buffalo.

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