Do You Remember When Pasco Had a Curfew? – 610 KONA

When I was growing up in Pasco, I was always afraid I’d get caught while out past midnight. You see, there used to be a sign just off Highway 395 right after you took the Lewis Street exit from the Blue Bridge. That sign read “CURFEW – 17 YEARS AND YOUNGER.”

Google Street View, 2019

Google Street View, 2019

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I hadn’t thought of this for a while until I was playing video games last night. Our party included a high school kid in our squad, and he mentioned a city curfew where he lived. My mind started to race as if it was transporting me back in time. Then I asked myself, “Wait. Does Pasco still have a curfew?”

Photo by Gabriel Sanchez on Unsplash

Photo by Gabriel Sanchez on Unsplash

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Once I turned 18, I never thought about that sign again. I don’t remember the last time I saw it, I just know I don’t see it anymore. So whatever happened to the curfew in Pasco?

The curfew was established in 1994, long before I moved here. If a young person was found to have violated this ordinance, they could be fined for a civil infraction. The first offense was a fine no greater than $150, with a third offense mandating a costly $500. It was in 2016 when the city council, having determined it wasn’t enforceable, voted to do away with it together. At the time, then-Chief Bob Metzger told the city council his department hadn’t enforced the curfew under his watch. You could say the vote was more of a symbolic one but it marked a big day in Pasco’s history.

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We came, we saw, we got punched in the mouth with nostalgia, we cried a little. Then we snapped back to reality, ope there goes gravity… You get the point.

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