Greensboro, Winston-Salem considering teen curfews

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GREENSBORO, N.C.-- Some recent problems in Winston-Salem and Greensboro have city officials considering a teen curfew.

"They used to go to the mall, the mall has now become is downtown," explains Zack Matheny, Greensboro City Councilman.

The streets of downtown Greensboro have become the late night hangout spot for teenagers. 

"There is really no purpose for teens to be out after that time," says Torri Oliver, who lives in Greensboro.  Last year Greensboro tested out an 11 o'clock teen curfew.  Matheny says it was to "kind of loosen our sidewalks, get crowds moving, to decrease loitering." 

Matheny thinks the city needs to consider bringing the curfew back.

"I have been in favor of the curfew.  I think it has worked, GPD tells me it works, nightclub owners tell me it works so I think it is something I would support going forward." 

Winston-Salem's downtown has seen some teens causing problems downtown.  Police Chief Scott Cunningham says it's something he expects in the summer months, this summer is on track with past years. 

"Sometimes they get a little excited and have a bone to pick with someone and they get in a fight." explains Chief Cunningham.

Winston-Salem has talked about enforcing a teen curfew in years past.  Chief Cunningham says a curfew is something the city may look at again this year. 

In 2011, when Greensboro enforced their 11 p.m. curfew, police made three arrests. 

"It will be interesting over the next couple weeks what we hear from  folks and what we decide going forward," says Matheny. 

Greensboro City Council meets on July 17.

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