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Three ticketed in first night of Denver’s stepped-up curfew ordinance

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DENVER -- On Friday, Denver police began to actively enforce Denver's curfew ordinance for minors.

The ordinance prohibits minors, from being in a public place or on public property from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Sunday through Thursday. On Friday and Saturday, the curfew times are from midnight to 5 a.m.

On the first night of stepped-up enforcement on Friday, police say they wrote three tickets to minors as part of theĀ Denver SafeNite Program.

Denver police also tweeted that the program is expected to run until Sept. 30. The curfew applies to those ages 10 to 17.

There are exceptions:

*The minor is accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Adult friends do not qualify as legal guardians.

*The minor is accompanied by an adult (18 or older) and that adult is in possession of written permission from the parent or legal guardian.

*The minor is in a motor vehicle being used in interstateĀ travel.

*The minor is working, traveling to work, or returning from work without any detour stop; or attending an official school, religious or other recreational activity supervised by adults and sponsored by the city, civic organizations, religious organizations or another similar entity.