Monroe considers change in curfew ordinance

MONROE, Mich. (WTOL) - Recent complaints in downtown Monroe have some talking about changes to the curfew ordinance.

To keep the peace there and in surrounding neighborhoods, city leaders are talking about changing the curfew. What they'd like to do is put a stop to all the wandering around teenagers seem to be do.

The current law says kids 12 and under have to be off the streets by 10 p.m. Thirteen- to 16-year-olds can be out until midnight.

Mayor Mark Worrell tells News 11 it's not a big problem for Monroe, but he's working with Police Chief John Michrina and the Main Street Monroe Downtown Development Authority to change it from midnight to some earlier hour.

City leaders aren't saying the teens are making people feel unsafe; they just don't want their actions to get in the way of business.

Valerie Fuson walks through downtown Monroe at night for exercise. She has a 16-year-old and understands the call for an earlier curfew.

"I was raised very strict and I didn't know what it was like to be out that late. And I just believe there's nothing really much to do other than get in trouble at that time," Fuson said.

Worrell says the police chief is researching the curfew in Saint Clair, Mich., northeast of Detroit. It's tougher there -- anyone under 18 has to be off the streets by 11 p.m.