Sep 9, 2015 11:12 AM

Franklin votes to reinstate 9 p.m. curfew for children under 16

The Associated Press

FRANKLIN (AP) — The Franklin City Council has voted to reinstate a 9 p.m. curfew for children under 16, requiring them to be off city streets and public places when they hear the fire station's horn signal.

The Concord Monitor reports the Sunday-through-Thursday curfew, backed by a city ordinance and state law, was long enforced in Franklin until about two years ago. Its suspension came over concerns of enforceability, which the city no longer sees as an issue.

It lasts until 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

As the council voted, the American Civil Liberties Union of New Hampshire sent an email to Franklin's mayor, council members, city attorney, police chief and others, saying it was unconstitutional and bad policy.

Council members likely didn't see the email before voting.

City officials said the curfew returns partially at the request of residents.


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