An example of curtail is when a town wants to stop drunk driving.
Origin of curtailMiddle English curtailen, altered (by associated, association with taillen from Old French taillier: see tailor) from Old French curtald, curtal
transitive verbcur·tailed, cur·tail·ing, cur·tails
Origin of curtailMiddle English curtailen to restrict probably blend of Old French courtauld docked ; see curtal . and Middle English taillen to cut ( from Old French tailler ; see tailor . )
(third-person singular simple present curtails, present participle curtailing, simple past and past participle curtailed)