Summer curfew covers entertainment districts

Kelly Cordingley, Editor in Chief

Mayor Sly James imposed a summer curfew due to the growing violence in the Plaza and other entertainment districts. James traveled to the Country Club Plaza to evaluate the levels of teenage violence and ended up with a first hand account. Within 50 yards of where he was, three teens were shot and wounded. According to the Kansas City Star, James contacted the city attorney by midnight that night to begin drafting documents for the curfew. Previously, if a minor violated the curfew, they were fined 1 dollar for a first time offense. Under new law, the fine is raised to $500.
New curfew rules:
– Within the Country Club Plaza, Westport, downtown, the 18th and Vine jazz district and Zona Rosa the curfew will be 9 p.m. from Memorial day weekend until the end of September, otherwise ┬áthe city-wide curfew will be 10 p.m. for those under 15 and 11 p.m. for 16 and 17.
-The rest of the year the curfew will be 11 p.m. on weekdays and midnight on weekends.
-Unless there is a school, church or work reason for minors to be out past these set times, minors will be fined a maximum of $500.