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Does Lawrence have a curfew for teenagers, especially the ones who are driving? If so, what is the curfew?

It is against Lawrence city law for children under 18 to “wander, lounge, loaf, loiter or play in, about, or upon any public street, alley, sidewalk, vacant lot (or) public place … whether on foot or in a vehicle” during curfew hours, according to city ordinance. Curfew hours in Lawrence are from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. during the week — Sunday nights through Friday mornings — and 12:30 a.m. to 6 a.m. on weekends, or Saturday and Sunday mornings. Exceptions are made for those people under 18 who are accompanied by a parent, those who are traveling between work and home, and those who are traveling home from a place in which their parents have given them permission to be. Children and their parents can both be fined between $10 and $100 and be sent to jail for as much as 30 days if the law is violated, the city ordinance says.


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