Group proposes earlier curfew time for juveniles in Owensboro

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OWENSBORO, Ky. (WEHT) An Owensboro group plans to ask city commissioners for a change in curfew laws.

The group My Brother’s Keeper wants to change it to help community safety. It follows a series of shootings and other incidents earlier this year.

Right now in the city of Owensboro, the curfew is set for 1:00 A.M. But a group here is trying to make it earlier to keep kids and others safer.

“A kid with that much idle time, some kids won’t get into things, but those kids that will tend to get other kids into them, then you have groups getting into trouble,” says Tim Collier, founder of Owensboro’s My Brother’s Keeper. He says the curfew change idea came after seeing a large group of kids in Dugan Best Park last month past their curfew.

“Some were standing around, and some were being mischievous, like shooting off fireworks, that I felt were unsafe for kids to be doing,” Collier recalled.

The group wants to move the curfew time from 1:00 AM to 11:00 PM.

“We want all the youth to be safe inside a building some place where they could be doing something at home, some accountability,” says Grace McIntosh of My Brother’s Keeper.

“Earlier I think would be better,” says Helen Ebelhar of Owensboro. “It seems like at night time they try to get out and do more things on their own.”

The move comes after city parks officials extended Dugan Best Rec Center hours to 9:00 PM. Collier’s also wants to see how the proposed change can be enforced.

“We need to see what the city can do as far as policing this, what are the consequences,” says Collier.

Group members say they plan to present their proposal to the Owensboro City Commission as soon as later this month.

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(This story was originally published on August 5, 2019)

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