POSTED: Monday, September 24, 2012 - 10:00am
UPDATED: Monday, September 24, 2012 - 10:34am
Longview, TX — After watching the White Oak Roughnecks crush the Ore City Rebels on Friday, Dalton LaFerny reveled in the victory, driving with friends and members of the Roughneck team to a Longview restaurant.
It was 1 a.m. before he got home — a typical Friday night for the 17-year-old high school student who works a part-time job. But if LaFerny lived in Gladewater or Kilgore, his Friday night routine would have him on the wrong side of the law — breaking curfew.
Curfews, aimed at reducing juvenile crime, are common ordinances across East Texas.
“That’s very oppressive to the social life of teens,” LaFerny said.
Like Kilgore and Gladewater, Daingerfield has a juvenile curfew, which Police Chief Tracy Climer said is strictly enforced. There, no one under the age of 17 can be outside between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. Sunday through Thursday, and from midnight to 6 a.m. Friday and Saturday.
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