Senator questions proposed teen curfew in Albuquerque


ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) — The debate concerning teen curfews in Albuquerque is heating up, but some New Mexico legislators have a lot of concerns and questions moving forward.

“I represent an area where everyone works,” Democratic Senator Michael Padilla said. “I was one of those kids. I worked until 11 p.m., so there has to be provisions and exceptions.”

Padilla said his major concern with the proposal deals with police.

“We have a serious crime issue in the City of Albuquerque. I don’t know if I want police officers stopping kids that are on their way home from work, when they should be dealing with the more serious crime.”

However, police feel that some teenagers are a part of the serious crime in Albuquerque. The department said the issue needs to be addressed.

“I am begging city council to put into effect the curfew law,” Simon Drobik with APD said. “It’s outrageous. I can’t do my job unless I’m given the tools to do it.”

Padilla said it’s too early one way or the other. He said it’s been a topic of much needed discussion at the Roundhouse.

Governor Susana Martinez released a statement Monday afternoon. She said she, “supports allowing local communities to decide for themselves whether to enforce teen curfews with common-sense exceptions for things like emergencies.”

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