City leaders agree on a new curfew for Kansas City

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Kansas City Missouri City Council members reached an agreement Thursday on details of a new curfew.

The biggest point of difference is the time the curfew takes effect and the fine.

Thursday's meeting ended just before 6 p.m.

Changing the curfew violation to a general municipal offense allows a judge to set the fine up to $500.

The fine was only $1 for the first offense, but Thursday, it was changed to the $500 maximum.

The new curfew plan goes into effect immediately.


Summer months: (Friday preceding Memorial Day through the last Sunday of September)

- 10 p.m. for minors under 16
- 11 p.m. for minors 16 & 17
- 9 p.m. for all minors within 5 entertainment districts in the city (The Plaza, Downtown, 18th & Vine, Westport and Zona Rosa)

Rest of the year:

- 11 p.m. for all minors
- Midnight on Friday and Saturday

Parent/Guardian subject to maximum of $500 fine for first and every offense. No penalty for minor.

Kansas City Mayor Sly James revealed that a group canceled a contract reserving space in a Plaza hotel because of Saturday's shooting, and that other businesses have threatened to pull out. He wouldn't give any other details.

Several council members said they didn't like all parts of the new curfew, but felt like they had to do something.

James also gave a long and passionate speech about crime and kids. He said he cared enough about kids to try to make sure they don't end up dead. And he talked about how many uniformed officers were standing close by when the shooting happened Saturday on the Plaza. James was only a short distance away and was thrown to the ground by his bodyguards.

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