The Tuscaloosa City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to adopt a daytime curfew for students who skip school, according to a report in the Tuscaloosa News.

The new ordinance makes it illegal for children and teens to be unaccompanied in public from 9 a.m. until 2:30 on weekdays when city schools are in session.

Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox said the code is meant to deter parents from allowing their children to skip school.

When a minor violates the new curfew, their parent or guardian will be cited by the Tuscaloosa Police Department. Possible penalties include $500 fines or even up to six months in jail, although the report says first-time offenders may not be punished as harshly as the code allows.

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