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Curfew crackdown planned in Youngstown this summer

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - Do you know where your children are? That's the question Youngstown's Mayor is putting to parents as the city announces a campaign to crack down on minors who violate curfew once school ends and summer begins.

It's part of a continuing effort to stop the violence.

The Community Initiative to Reduce Violence in Youngstown, known as C.I.R.V., is not only focused on intervention when it comes to guns, drugs and violence, but prevention.

The city is calling on all parents to help keep the peace on the streets this summer.

"Now that the schools are going to be letting out ... it's even more important to know where your children are all the time," says Youngstown Mayor Chuck Sammarone. "Know who they're with, what they're doing, this will help them stay out of trouble, and that's our goal."

Along with parents making sure their children are where they say they are going to be, police will hit the streets as part of the initiative instituting a curfew crackdown.

Anyone under 18 is not permitted to be on the streets without a parent or guardian between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m.

Parents could possibly face a citation. A first offense is a $150 fine, second offense within a year could result in a fine of $150 and up to $1000 and up to 180 days in jail.

Youngstown Police Chief Rod Foley says the goal is to keep kids safe and on the right track while still allowing the young people to have some summer fun.

"I just don't want to fine them and the problem doesn't get corrected," Foley says. "We want to make sure that the Juvenile Justice Center is involved, and they can maybe offer the mother or father some type of training or programming."

On May 10th, the C.I.R.V. coordinator, Guy Burney, says the city and numerous community partners will announce programs and activities that are planned for children in the city this summer.

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