MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- Muskegon police have begun their extra effort to find children out after curfew -- but they are giving them and their parents the chance to avoid a ticket and fine.
The point of the extra enforcement isn't to punish more children, authorities say -- it's to teach them how dangerous it is for them to be out on the streets late at night. If a child who violates curfew agrees to take a class and obey the rules, the fine and juvenile court case is forgiven.
He's 43 now, but Richard Taylor says he remembers late nights out on the streets when he was 14 and 15.
"Hanging out, late running around, just being out there -- accomplishing nothing," he says of those nights. "Twelve, one o'clock: what can a 15-year-old accomplish out here? Only thing you can accomplish is death or jail."
"We always use the cliché: nothing good ever happens after midnight."