posted on Jul, 21 2011 @ 06:56 PM
"You have a curfew in America your not free" is easily one of the lamest things I have ever heard on these boards. Bad form peoples... very bad
Although I will be the first to admit that the US is slowly turning into a police state, curfew laws are not part of that police state. Curfew laws
have been enacted on local levels for decades, though they are not usually heavily enforced. America is also not the only "free country" where these
laws have been enacted. For example, there are 2 cities in Denmark, Silkeborg and Slagelse, where they will detain children less than 15 years of age
at the police station and inform their parents to take them home from the station if they are found in town between midnight and 5 am. This is a
curfew brought about by a local Government.
Under Iceland's Child Protection Act , children aged 12 and under may not be outdoors after 8:00 pm unless accompanied by an adult. Children aged 13
to 16 may not be outdoors after 10:00 pm, unless on their way home from a recognized event organized by a school, sports organization or youth club.
During the period 1 May to 1 September, children may be outdoors for two hours longer.
There is no state wide curfew in Oklahoma, so this curfew law came about by the local Government, more than likely a City Council. The real issue here
is not the Curfew law, but the fact that police arrested children for breaking curfew prior to them actually breaking the curfew. Chances are this
whole thing will be tossed out of court, but make no mistake about it this was done for the purpose of generating revenue. Even if these cases are
tossed out of court, parents will still have to pay the court cost. many may just take a guilty plea and pay the fine. It is not a charge that will
have any type of effect on future employment and paying the fine in some cases is a whole lot easier than taking time of work, going to court, and
going through the whole process.