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Detroit to enforce curfews for minors, gas restrictions

Tom Greenwood
The Detroit News

Detroit — As it has in years past, the city of Detroit will be enforcing emergency curfew and gas container ordinances during the upcoming Halloween period.

The curfew will require that all minors ages 17 and younger be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian (with identification) from 6 p.m. Thursday until 6 a.m. Friday and from 6 p.m. Friday until 6 a.m. Saturday (Halloween).

During this period, minors will be allowed to travel to and from work, school or training programs, but they are required to carry proof of employment or attendance.

Minors in violation will be ticketed and held until they are picked up by a parent or guardian. The parent or guardian may also receive a parental responsibility violation ticket.

Additionally, a second emergency ordinance prohibits the dispensing of fuel into portable containers in Detroit through midnight Oct. 31. Exceptions to this ordinance include emergency situations for anyone 18 years of age or older.

The curfew violation ticket is $50, while the parental responsibility citation is a misdemeanor, punishable by up to $500.

The exceptions include a stalled vehicle, heating a residence or emergency generators. Violation of the gas container ordinance is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $500 and/or up to 90 days in jail.

The restrictions are in place during the three-day Angels’ Night anti-arson citizen patrols in which thousands of citizens drive through neighborhoods, watching for suspicious activity and reporting it to police, have driven down arson fires to levels seen on most other nights in the city.

During the 1980s and early 1990s, there typically were between 500 and 800 arson fires in the city during the three-day period. Last year, that dwindled to 97, fewer than half of which were deemed suspicious, city officials said.

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