OKTIBBEHA COUNTY, Miss. (WTVA) - A county ordinance will soon require Oktibbeha County residents under the age of 18 to be home every day by midnight.
Board members passed the ordinance Monday night at a public hearing, but, it will not go into effect until June 21.
The board unanimously passed the ordinance that will require kids under 18 to be home from 12 a.m. to 5 a.m.
“The summer months are coming, we think that more activities are going to be taking place over the summer," said District 5 Supervisor Joe Williams. "We thought it'd be sufficient and necessary to move forward tonight.”
Captain Brett Watson with the sheriff’s department said there are some exceptions to the ordinance like church and work. He added that people simply traveling through the county during curfew will not be stopped without reason.
Watson encouraged parents to work with the county to make sure their children are complying with the ordinance.
“We need them to watch out for their children and if they're having an issue, we need them to contact us and be a part of the process so we can curb and get a handle on this violence," said Watson.
First-time violators could be fined a maximum of $100. Second-time violators could be fined up to $250. Third-time violators could be fined up to $500. A fourth-time violator could have to pay $1000 and their parents could even face jail time.
However, Watson said the ordinance was not designed to be a nuisance but to cut down on juvenile crimes
“This is not meant to be going out and writing a bunch of tickets. The goal is to simply cut down on the availability of the problem," said Watson.
Again, the ordinance will not go into effect until Monday, June 21.