Where there are curfews, they are usually aimed at youth 16 or under, unaccompanied by a parent or adult, in a public place. The curfew period often begins around midnight and ends at 5 or 6 a.m.
CCLA and other rights advocates believe that in most cases, general youth curfews are not fair and are not constitutional.
Some police training manuals say that if a person is young and out late at night, this is a reason to stop them (even where there is no curfew).
CCLA and other rights advocates believe that police should not be able to stop you and ask you suspicious or investigative questions – e.g., Who are you? What are you doing? Where are you going? – without a good reason, day or night. But CCLA accepts that in some circumstances, police can ask a young person or child out alone at night helping questions like: Are you safe (hurt, lost)? Do you need help finding your parent or guardian?