Curfew violations by minors could net fine

Ofelia Garcia Hunter, Alice Echo-News Journal

Police and fire department officials joined forces to implement curfew laws that will begin on Monday night.

Alerts will sound sirens that will automatically go off at 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Any underaged minor found out in public violating the curfew laws, from the time the siren sounds to 7 a.m., could be subject for citations.

"We are going to implement the curfew laws, so they need to be aware of the sirens," Police Chief Danny Bueno said. "Once (violators) are picked up, the parents will need to get them at the police department than they will have to go in front of a judge."

Bueno said fines could cost up to $200 for curfew violations.

Fire Chief Dean Van Nest said the sirens will be quicker for curfew alerts.

"The (curfew) sirens won't be longer than 30 to 45 seconds, we try to keep it as quickly as we can," Van Nest said. "We realize it is a lot of information for people to remember, but I think a year from now it will be a common thing."