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If approved, the curfew for those 18 and under would be from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Monday through Friday, and midnight to 5 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Crime is down overall in Montgomery County. Leggett spokesman Patrick Lacefield says they want to keep it that way, and a curfew will help in areas where juveniles are known to gather.

"Some of the areas, particularly those close to the District border, or close to the Prince George's border. Some of it is an issue of crime, even though crime is down, but some of it is an issue of quality of life," says Lacefield.

Lacefield adds they were hoping to have the curfew in effect by the end of the summer, but that won't happen. The county council just received the bill late yesterday, and council member Phil Andrews says they have plenty of issues to look at before scheduling a vote.

"That's a very broad brush approach to a specific problem of juvenile crime," says Andrews.

Among the issues Andrews wants to look at first include how recently increased police patrols in Silver Spring and along Route 29 and Briggs Chaney Road are affecting juvenile crime. Andrews adds the earliest a vote could take place on the curfew bill is late September.

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