Area II commander updates youth curfew policy
YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea — Existing curfew rules for those 17 and younger have been reaffirmed by Col. Timothy K. McNulty, who’s been reviewing regulations since he took command in July of Area II support activity and the 34th Support Group.
Officials reiterated that juveniles are to be home between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. daily, except:
¶ On Fridays, Saturdays and days before U.S. holidays, curfew hours are from midnight to 5 a.m. for youths ages 15-17.
¶ Curfew will be extended 30 minutes beyond the end of youth-oriented events for those attending.
¶ Those 16 and older who have a job may travel to work and home.
¶ South Korean law prohibits juveniles from entering entertainment districts such as Itaewon between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m.
The new changes are in effect when Defense Department schools are in and out of session, officials said, but curfews don’t apply if a youth is accompanied by a parent, guardian or other “responsible adult” — such as a teacher, scoutmaster or youth leader.
Military police won’t conduct specific searches for violators but will act if they notice someone out after curfew, officials said.
Violations will be forwarded to Area II’s law and order officer for action.
Punishment can include mandatory community service and early return of dependents to the United States, officials said, adding that sponsors are to be held responsible for ensuring juveniles follow the policy.