With the Skywarn 6 seven-day forecast showing highs in the 80s this week, we're definitely seeing spring-like weather in Texoma. While it's fun to be out with pleasant temperatures, minors can still face a citation if they forget about their local curfews. For many Texoma towns, curfew only applies to minors who are under 17 years old.
As recently as last summer, Archer City beefed up enforcement of its curfew to help deal with adolescent crime, namely vandalism.
"We're trying to take a very proactive approach," said Mayor David Levy.
That's also what Lt. Jimmy Eaton, with the Iowa Park Police Department, says about their curfew. Teens under 17 there can't be out and about unsupervised between 11 P.M. and 6 A.M. Sunday through Thursday. Fridays and Saturdays have a more lenient time, from midnight to 6 A.M. Wichita Falls has that same curfew schedule. In Archer City, however, teens need to be indoors starting at 10 P.M., no matter the day of the week.
"We're very much safety conscious. We have a lot of amenities here in Archer City, and this helps to maintain a proper quality of life," Mayor Levy said.
There are, of course, exceptions in most Texoma towns. Teens are protected if they are with their guardians, or in many cases, if they're on an errand for their guardian. Other defenses include school or religious activities, interstate travel, or emergencies where immediate action is necessary.
But a curfew citation could cost you up to $500, depending on where you live. Even warm temperatures probably aren't worth that much to teens.