MB leaders to consider earlier teen curfews

Myrtle Beach city leaders will be considering a plan to enact earlier curfews for juveniles after residents in neighborhood watch meetings said the city’s youth could avoid trouble if they were required to be off the streets earlier.

Under the city’s current curfew law, kids age 17 and younger are required to be home between the hours of 1 a.m. and 6 a.m. daily.

Those caught past curfew can be cited for a misdemeanor punishable by up to a $500 fine and/or 30 days in jail.

Specific exceptions apply for teens in certain cases and those accompanied by a parent or guardian.

City Manager John Pedersen said he had planned to talk to the council about the proposed curfew change Tuesday, but ran out of time in the council’s morning workshop. The proposal will come back before the board at a later date, he said.

Emily Weaver: 843-444-1722, @TSNEmily