New curfew law during the CIAA

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Men Who Care Global better known as Men In Orange will be out and about during the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA). Police Chief Rodney Monroe requested the group's presence.

"He also sees when we are out on the street," Men Who Care Global Leader Ron Leeper said. "He sees we provide a kind of a calming effect for those kids."

The concern is the city has a new curfew law on the books.  Teenagers 16 years and under need to be in the house by 11PM or they have to be with an adult. This is the first time the curfew has been in existence for a CIAA week.

Leeper believes having his group out talking to teens and reminding them of the new law can only help.

"If we can keep people safe," Leeper said.  "And make sure we minimize the amount of people getting arrested for things they ought not to be doing anyway - it benefits the community."

This is the 100th anniversary for the CIAA.  Nearly 200,000 people are expected to attend. There will be lots of activities to do for all ages. Police expect teenagers will come downtown.

Men Who Care Global will be on the lookout for violators, not to have them arrested, but to try to help them.

"Hey we'd like to talk to you about what's going on in your life," Leeper said. "Are you looking for employment - do you need to get back in school."

Police report last year during the CIAA week, there were no curfew violations in the city.  There were two in the county.

Many hope there will be no trouble this year.