ShareThis Page
Officials consider establishing curfew next summer |

Officials consider establishing curfew next summer

| Thursday, November 10, 2005 12:00 a.m

Thea Letteri thinks a curfew in Penn Hills would work, if implemented properly.

Penn Hills officials want to do just that for youth ages 18 and under. They are looking at establishing a curfew that would go into effect when school lets out next year.

“If kids are out playing basketball, I don’t see a problem with that. If they’re standing in the middle of the street making trouble, then (the police) should be able to say something,” said Letteri, 17, a Penn Hills High School senior.

There have been complaints in the summer months about groups of youths congregating in certain areas of the borough, safety director Dom Costa said.Those areas include Jefferson Road, Frankstown Road and streets without sidewalks, he said.

Tia Warner, a Penn Hills mother of a 2-year-old, thinks a curfew is needed.

“Kids around here are crazy,” Warner said. “But this (a curfew) is something that will be tough to be enforced.”

Letteri said she has friends in neighborhoods where teenagers stand in throngs on streets, which makes it hard for drivers to pass.

“I could see how that would be an annoyance for their neighbors,” Letteri said.

But Brittany Rose, 16, another Penn Hills High School student, said she doesn’t think a curfew would work.

“You are just going to have kids sneaking out of the house,” Rose said. “Kids will push it to see if they can stay (out) past 10.”

Costa said a time for a curfew has not been determined, but Mayor Anthony DeLuca and council have been looking at other communities that have a curfew to see if one could be tailored to Penn Hills.

One of those communities is Swissvale, which has had a curfew in place since 1982.

“We’ve had it for a while,” Swissvale public safety director Joe Morman said.

Swissvale’s curfew whistle goes off at 9:45 p.m. for youths 18 and under throughout the year, Morman said. Youths have to be off the streets by 10 p.m. The ordinance came from community suggestions, and fines range up to $1,000 and possible imprisonment for the parents or legal guardians if payment is missed or defaulted, Morman said.

“This (a curfew) will be a good tool for law enforcement, and we know the majority of our teens will abide by the law,” Costa said. “There will be stipulations if they are coming from work. But you really don’t want to be walking on the streets past 11 because there are no sidewalks in most places of Penn Hills.”

Categories: News
TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.