PHILADELPHIA (KYW) — A Philadelphia councilmember is proposing a revision of the city’s curfew for 16- and 17-year-olds, changing it from midnight to 10 p.m.

“Young people are getting caught up in dangerous situations, and we cannot continue to go on like this,” Councilmember Katherine Gilmore Richardson said in a release. “There have already been 92 children under 18 shot this year. We are besieged in our communities, and as leaders, we must do everything we can to keep our young people safe.”

The times would stay the same for younger teens and children: 10 p.m. for 14- and 15-year-olds, 9:30 p.m. for 13 and younger. The city’s curfew ordinance is in effect until Sept. 29.

It states: “No minor shall remain in or upon any public place or any establishment from the Evening Curfew Time … until 6 a.m. the following day, unless said minor is accompanied by a parent, is doing an errand or other legitimate business as directed by the minor’s parents, or is engaged in gainful lawful employment during the curfew hours, or is on active duty in the Armed Service of the United States.”

A fine of up to $300 can be imposed on the parent or guardian of any minor caught violating the statute.

A Philadelphia city council special committee is holding an emergency meeting Thursday afternoon to discuss gun violence in the city. Philadelphia police commissioner Danielle Outlaw is expected to attend.

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10 p.m. curfew proposed for Philadelphia 16- and 17-year-olds

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