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Birmingham Enacts Tough Curfew Law

Birmingham, AL – The Birmingham City Council, on an 8-1 vote, has approved a stiff curfew for youngsters.

Council members approved the new rules at a Tuesday meeting.

The new city law calls for fines starting at $500 for each offense and tightens the hours youngsters can be away from home. Youths are prohibited from being on the streets after 9 p-m on weekdays and 11 p.m. on holidays and weekends.

Parents can also be held liable if their children violate curfew.

Birmingham Mayor Larry Langford had proposed the curfew after a 16-year-old male was arrested for a double homicide July 5 outside a Five Points South nightclub.

The curfew rules go into effect Oct. 1.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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