PUEBLO, Colo. (KRDO) -- After two and a half weeks into Pueblo's 10 p.m. curfew, police say they have cited 15 people so far.
Sergeant Frank Ortega with the Pueblo Police Department says when the curfew took effect at the end of October, officers gave more warnings than citations.
“We’re trying to do it with awareness and education but obviously there are some people who are not following that," Ortega said.
Out of the 15, Ortega says some of the people cited show they really don't care about the curfew. The majority however, were given to people who were already committing crimes.
"Those are the people that will probably end up getting those curfew citations because they are committing other criminal offenses or doing other bad things in the community past the curfew," he said.
One example he gave was a man who was driving out past curfew, who police suspect was responsible for a DUI crash.
“We’re still working on connecting him to that DUI accident but because he was out and about doing his thing, he received a ticket," Ortega said.
Another ticket was given to a man trespassing in someone's yard.
“I’m not sure what he was doing there but it was nothing good," Ortega said. "They wrote him a citation for trespass for being in the person's yard and they also wrote him a curfew ticket.”
The citation could cost up to a thousand dollar fine and up to a year in jail if found guilty.
While the curfew still draws mixed reactions from those who live in Pueblo, many residents say they understand why it's happening, especially as the Steel City's hospitals come closer and closer to capacity due to COVID-19.
“People need to realize that and continue to voluntarily comply with the curfew because it is for everyone's benefit," Ortega said.