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Las Vegas council members not quite ready to enforce curfew

Reported by: Sandra Gonzalez
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Updated: 9/17/2013 6:34 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- The knock on Las Vegas is that it's built for adults and doesn't have enough for kids to do.

Soon, teenagers may have one less option.

City leaders are considering a curfew for the downtown area. Some people think that's a bad idea.

The proposed curfew boundaries as drawn cover a good portion of downtown, but some council members say most of the problems tend to happen in and around Fremont Street, so they're interested in tightening the boundaries.

Young people love hanging around downtown for the lights, the liquor, and the nightlife. But a proposal to impose a 9 o'clock curfew on those under 18 is under consideration, and the boundaries have been drawn around downtown.

Metro Police Captain Shawn Andersen says the curfew would be very helpful.

"We tried to pair it down to areas where we thought it would have the most impact and within a definable space. If you look at the boundaries here, they're pretty common sense boundaries.

One of the concerns is that the proposed boundaries expand into minority-majority neighborhoods, and that police may "profile.'

Assemblywoman Dina Neal of North Las Vegas has concerns.

"That opens up the door that you see a child whos standing there for whatever reason but you have to stop the child. Are you coming from work? Are you coming from church? Are you coming from your parents house? Did you get permission for whatever period that you're out here?" Neal said.

After hearing all considerations, council members weighed in. Councilman Ricky Barlow agreed, profiling may happen, and Councilman Bob Coffin really wants the map narrowed down.

"I don't know why the map didn't embrace the area around Fremont Street a block or two in each direction," Coffin said.

In the committee, councilmembers say there's still too much work to be done so they want some changes to the proposed curfew by next month.

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