A Chase resident’s suggestion that the village adopt a 9 p.m. curfew to curb problems with rowdy youth isn’t popular with councillors.
For their part, RCMP don’t believe there’s enough problems with teens in the community to warrant a curfew. Cpl. Mark Skotnicki said a curfew would violate people’s rights.
“I don’t think it’s constitutional,” Skotnicki told The Daily News.
Resident Mary Porter suggested the curfew during a council meeting Tuesday night. Coun. Rick Berrigan said the matter came up during a conversation about parks.
Porter told councillors more rules and regulations need to be in place to stop vandalism. Berrigan said Porter mentioned there used to be a siren in the Chase fire hall that was used to signal a nightly curfew.
Berrigan cut her off before she could continue, adding no municipality in Canada has a curfew, he said.
“You couldn’t do that with rights and freedoms nowadays. You just couldn’t,” he said.
Skotnicki said the only way police could enforce a curfew was if the village created a bylaw.
Mayor Ron Anderson said no one on council intends to pursue the matter. Nor does Chase have more problems among youth than other communities.
“There are a few people in any community that insist young people shouldn’t do anything. This is where this comes from,” he said.
Skotnicki said police don’t need a curfew to deal with young people drinking and fighting.
“People can have their own perceptions, but we deal with them through the files we get and the calls we get,” he said.