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Teens out past curfew, who's keeping watch?

Teens out past curfew, who's keeping watch?

CREATED Apr 2, 2012

Some 9 On Your Side viewers have asked, what were five kids doing out so late when they rolled over and crashed?

Reporter: Tammy Vo

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - On Saturday in the early morning hours, five teens made a decision that changed their lives forever. Three of them are in medically induced comas and Gabriel Casillas, 16, is dead.

Did anyone's parents know the kids were speeding, that they were packed like sardines in a small car without seatbelts or that they were out past one in the morning?

Rev. Jeff Richards knows what bad decisions can lead to. At Teen Challenge of Arizona, they help kids who are at their breaking point.  "It's a much different world. Kids don't listen to advice as much as they used to. They have an attitude that maybe they know it all". He also believes that there aren't enough activities in the Tucson area to keep teens busy with positive activities.

In Tucson, curfew by law is 10 p.m. for kids under 16. Midnight for teens between 16 and 18 years old. In South Tucson, curfew is 10 p.m. for anyone under 18 years old. Police will cite kids who break curfew but can't keep track of everyone. That leaves parents, sometimes single parents faced with working long hours, trying to keep track of their teens. How can parents monitor their teens when parents aren't always around?

'"It's the words they say... the messages when they're not there.  It has got to be a consistent message, a loving message that kids hear from parents even when their mom and dad aren't home" said Richards. He hopes that tragedies, like the one that killed Casillas, send a message to parents and kids that there are bad consequences for bad decisions.

If kids break curfew, they could pay up to $75 in fines and possibly do community service.