Curfew Law Argument Essay

1555 Words Oct 19th, 1999 7 Pages
Curfew Law

There are many laws passed in today's society that have a foundation for protecting our youth. Of course, many of these laws are a target for controversy, but one these laws seems to have found itself at the top of the list. This law, in many peoples opinion, is a direct violation of our rights as American citizens. Some believe that this is a gateway law that gives the government the ability to become even more overbearing and suppressing to society in general. However, there are also people that feel that this law is vital to the well being of our communities. The law that I speak of is called a curfew law. It provides a community with the power to regulate what time minors have to be off the streets and in their homes.
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To a teenager a curfew law is just another reason for police to pull you over at night. Whether anyone wants to admit it or not, it is also another way for the city to make money. Considering that each issued curfew ticket is $122, they eventually add up to a nice sum of money. I know how much they cost because I've received one in the past. I was coming back from Walmart one Friday night when I was seventeen years old. It was 3:00 a.m. and I was driving a black Eagle Talon sports car. The windows on the vehicle were tinted very dark, so there is no way the officer could have seen my friend or I in the vehicle. We were neither speeding nor driving recklessly, so there was no reason for the officer to pull us over. He saw a black sports car on a Friday night and just assumed there were teenagers in it doing something illegal.

To most adults this law is just fine. This is because you have never had to experience its control and because it doesn't affect you at all. That is unless one of your sons or daughters receive a ticket. Try to imagine for a moment that you are in our position. For example, take a regular away-high school football game in which your team are the visitors. You want to go watch your best friends play but you know that you won't get back in time to make the curfew, or say your seventeen and you want to go to a movie on a Friday night, but unless your back home before 1:30 a.m. your libel to be charged with a curfew violation because

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