Useless Curfew Laws

Vince Partlow

Crime

The Curfew laws cannot control crime. teenagers who want to commit a crime will either move over to other community's that have a later curfew or just ignore the curfew laws. If a criminal has there mind set on committing a crime, a simple loosely enforced curfew law is not going to persuade them against doing there crime.
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Lower Crime Rates?

It has been reported that the majority of teenage crime takes place between 7pm-11pm. This period of time does not even fall into the curfew hours. This makes it impossible for the curfew hours to lower crime rates when all the crime is being done before the curfew starts. The curfew laws cant control crime. Curfew only acts a a restriction to the community rather than an aid.
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Restrictions

The Curfew laws restrict the wrong things. The laws make it impossible for some teenagers to get jobs that fit in there busy schedule. Some teenagers have to support their family and without a job can not provide. The curfew laws affect more then just teenagers and can lead to many struggling families.
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Violation of Trust

A bond between parents and their children is vitally important all throughout life. This bond should be filled with love, respect and trust. When a parent is forced to enforce these curfew laws on their children, it makes it seem like the parents don't trust there children to know whats right and wrong. The curfew laws violate the trust that allows all relationships to flourish.
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False Sense of Security

The curfew laws are mainly in place in order to keep kids and the community healthy and safe at night. If a teenager wants to take part in a dangerous activity he/she can do so at anytime in the day. the Curfew laws provide a false sense of security for many parents. this acts as a blindfold to parents about what there child can still be doing and or getting into.
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Hinders Negotiation Skills

There are consequences for every action. Newton's third law of motion states "For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction". Whether that action is good or bad is undetermined. When the government just forces the curfew law on a teenager with out any form of input from their side, it may hinder their life lesson skills such as negotiation. A parent and child must negotiate a set curfew so the child may learn the skills of listening and understanding the other perspective. Also a teenager needs to be able to communicate their thoughts efficiently.
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May Lead to Rebellion

When a teenager is giving laws that he/she has no input in may lead to rebellion. Teenagers need to express their anger and thoughts otherwise it may build up. This build up can have multiple outputs. One output can be a rebellious behavior that is hard to control. There come many negatives that follow a rebellion. The Curfew laws being forced upon teenagers make them rebel and have worse behavior than before.
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Limitations on Teenagers

The curfew laws limit every teenager drastically. As it was mentioned in paragraph 3, many teens have a very packed schedule. These schedules could include athletic practices, school, extra curricular clubs, work, and much more. there simply inst enough time in the regulated time to accomplish these activity's. Many teens have to work into the night in order to provide for themselves and their family's.
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Stress

Teenagers are already going through so much already in their lives between grades, college, parents, friends, sports, social status, puberty, and health. Teens get stressed out and the last thing they need is someone putting a limit on when they can work on their life. Limiting teenagers pushes some over the edge. Teenagers can then find other ways to cope with the stress such as suicide, drugs, and illegal activity.
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Community

Most small town community's have little to no crime. there is no reason to have curfew laws in place for a community that runs smooth. Placing curfew laws on these community's places them in chains and punishes them for no reason at all. This is disrespectful and insulting. The government shouldn't place curfew laws on community's that need to function past the curfew hours in order to survive.
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