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Last week, Bedford city officials warned everyone; this week they’re publishing an old curfew ordinance. Next week, they’ll begin enforcing that ordinance in earnest.
In a perfect world, curfew ordinances wouldn’t be necessary. Under-age children would be at home with their parents or guardians doing something productive and not out vandalizing other’s property.
But this isn’t a perfect world.
Kids (we think they’re kids) are out at all hours of the night simply being destructive. They’re costing others a lot of money in a time when every penny matters.
So, the city is doing the right thing by instructing Constable Craig Lacefield to cite the parents or guardians of anyone under 18 found roaming Bedford streets after 11 p.m. And Trimble County Sheriff Tim Coons says he and his deputies will be doing the same.
Those over 18 who are found to be up to no good will be dealt with individually.
The 14-year-old ordinance had to be resurrected from a filing cabinet, dusted off and now enforced because a few people have chosen to disrespect other people’s property.
Parents should realize that law enforcement has the best deputies in the world assisting them, but parents, too, need to remember that local vandalism can be controlled by establishing curfews in their own homes.
An old football coach, extolling the virtues of a curfew to his players, once said: “ There are a lot of things that can happen after midnight, and I can’t think of one that’s good.”
Offenders could face up to a $500 fine and/or up to six months in jail.
The city of Bedford has drawn a line in the sand. Let’s hope no one has to pay a fine or spend time in jail. But if that’s what it takes to have order restored, then the police have our support.