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New proposed Valdosta curfew meant to curb crime

Valdosta Chief of Police Brian Childress takes steps to implement a revised curfew. (Source: WALB) Valdosta Chief of Police Brian Childress takes steps to implement a revised curfew. (Source: WALB)
VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -

Valdosta police are taking new measures to stop car break-ins in Valdosta. 

Valdosta Police Chief Brian Childress is working on getting a city ordinance that will implement a midnight curfew for children 17 and under. 

This comes after an alarmingly high number of vehicle break-ins that reached into the hundreds according to the Valdosta Police Department.

There is already a statewide curfew said Childress for children 16 and under.

Childress said he is putting the responsibility back on the parents. 

"I'm here to tell you that if I had my way, I'm going to hold the parents accountable. You're going to get fined. And it's not going to be some $50 traffic fine, it's going to be significant. You're going to know about the whereabouts of your child, if you don't, you're going to get a fine that could reach $1,000 per incident," said Childress

Childress plans to take the revised ordinance to the city council in upcoming weeks.

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