La Ronge, Saskatchewan is being slammed by Canadians online and in social encounters after it was revealed that the town has activated a mandatory 11pm curfew to crack down on teenage vandals.
The story, according to the National Post’s Tristin Hopper HERE, spent over 24 hours as Facebook’s top-trending story in Canada.
Youth caught outside after 11 p.m. without adult accompaniment will earn their parent a $50 ticket. Multiple infractions will earn them a $100 ticket.
U.S. research suggests that curfew laws are successful in keeping teens out of court and the hospital emergency rooms.
But in Canada, not everyone is happy with a police-enforced curfew.
Back in 2007, the Manitoba town of Thompson had to cancel their curfew plans after a constitutional challenge found that the policy discriminated against young people.
The Quebec Human Rights Commission came to the same conclusion with regards to similar policy in the town of Huntingdon way back in 2004.
Do you think an enforced curfew is a great idea for a community plagued by problems caused by their youngest residents? Did your parents enact a curfew in your household?