Parents can be fined up to $500 if their children are caught repeatedly violating curfew laws under a new ordinance approved on its first reading Tuesday by the Compton City Council.
Patterned after a new curfew law in Washington, which is experiencing a wave of violent, drug-related gang activity, the ordinance amends the city’s existing 10 p.m. curfew law.
“Hopefully, this will put some teeth in it,” said Timothy Iverson, director of the city’s intergovernmental and grants office, which had the task of finding a model for Compton’s new curfew.
Under the ordinance, which must go through a second reading Tuesday, there is no fine for the parent or guardian of a person under 18 who is arrested for a curfew violation. For a second curfew offense, however, the fine will be at least $100 and for the third or subsequent offenses can be $500.