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Teenage curfew in Harlingen could cost parents $500 if violated

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HARLINGEN, Texas (KVEO) —If your teen is expecting to be out past 10:30 p.m. in Harlingen without an adult, don’t be surprised if police give you a call.

The city of Harlingen has a curfew from 10:30 p.m. to 6 a.m. Sunday through Thursday, and on Saturday and Sunday from 12:01 a.m. to 6 a.m.

“We put it back out as a reminder. People may have forgotten about it,” said Sgt Larry Moore following some confusion on social media.

Cameron County had limited non-essential travel and restricted minor passengers from traveling within the county, the order has since been lifted.

“It’s less people out and about at night and it’s a lot less opportunity for our younger people to be out and about the opportunity to get into trouble and it keeps them home safe where they need to be the evenings,” explained Sgt. Moore.

The curfew has fine print, however, the ordinance mentions a minor commits an offense if he or she is out during curfew hours and a parent or guardian of a minor commits an offense if they knowingly allow the minor to remain out past hours.

A business owner can also break curfew if they allow minors on their property past 10:30 p.m. or midnight.

If business owners, minors or parents are found guilty, they could face a fine of up to a $500.

For a closer look at the ordinances and your rights click here.

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