JSO stresses the importance of curfew for teens

by: Jamie Smith Updated:


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Four drive-by shootings in Jacksonville involving teenaged victims in the past two weeks has the Sheriff's Office stressing the importance of the curfew ordinance 

Ken Coyle is worried about his grandkids' safety after two 17-year-old boys were shot outside his family's Northwest Jacksonville house this past weekend after the midnight curfew. 

"They don't realize how dangerous it is out there. That's why the curfew is there," said Coyle. 

Jacksonville's curfew for anyone under 18 is 11 p.m. on weeknights and midnight on weekends and holidays. 

JSO Chief Pat Ivey told Action News that a high percentage of curfew violators are also committing other crimes. 

"It is a priority we stress to the uniformed officers out there," said Ivey. "Make the contact, take the time, look for these individuals."