Essay 119 – Curfews in which teenagers are not allowed to be out

GT Writing Task 2 / Essay Sample # 119

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

Write about the following topic:

In some areas of the US, a ‘curfew’ is imposed, in which teenagers are not allowed to be out of doors after a particular time at night unless they are accompanied by an adult.

What is your opinion about this?

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.

Write at least 250 words.


Model Answer:

Adolescents are restricted from being out of their homes after a certain hour of the night in many American states. This constraint, however, does not apply to those accompanied by matured persons. In this case, I strongly support the application of such constraint on youngsters, and this essay will discuss the importance of this practice.

Restricting young adults to their homes during the late hours of the night is essential for their safety. During this time, all commercial, administrative, sports and educational offices are closed, and most citizens stay at home. Accordingly, most streets are likely deserted and street lights are usually poor as well. Anti-social groups and criminals prefer to engage in their illegal activities at these hours so as to take full advantage of low visibility. For instance, several studies show that 60 per cent of teenagers become a victim of rape, murder and robbery at night time. Therefore, these hours are not the proper time for unattended youngsters to be outside since their safety is of paramount concern.

However, this curfew proves unnecessary when teenagers are accompanied by a responsible guardian or parents. Of late, many cities offer an exciting night-life consisting of facilities such as fine-dine, bowling alleys and theatres for keen moviegoers, to name but a few. In fact, these facilities, while youngsters accompanied by parents or responsible adults, help young adults to vent their stress of a hectic day.

In conclusion, this type of curfew that confines young adults to their home at late night is crucial for their safety, and which is why I am inclined to agree with the introduction of this regulation.

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