Note from the Police Chief – Curfew

by admin on May 20, 2013

With school letting out this week, Police Chief Adler wanted to remind folks there is a Curfew Code.  Please see below and contact Chief Adler or Town Clerk Michele Martin if you have any questions.

Sec. 10-202. Curfew.
(a) No person under eighteen (18) years of age shall be or remain on any public street, sidewalk, alley or other public place in the Town after 10:00 p.m. or prior to 5:00 a.m. on Sunday through Thursday of each week or after 12:00 midnight on Friday and Saturday and prior to 5:00 a.m., except as provided in Subsection (b) below.
(b) In the following exceptional cases, a minor may be or remain in a public place beyond the
hours set forth in Subsection (a) above:
(1) When accompanied by a parent, legal guardian, person between eighteen (18) and twentyone (21) years of age with written              parental authorization, or person twenty-one (21) years of age or older with parental authorization;
(2) For thirty (30) minutes before or after employment hours when commuting directly to and from such employment and when carrying an employer’s certification of time and place of employment.
(3) When conducting an errand directed by the parent or legal guardian;
(4) When returning home from events such as movies, theater or sporting events;
(5) Until 12:30 a.m. if the person is on the property or a sidewalk directly adjacent to a building in which such person resides or to buildings immediately adjacent to the building in which such person resides; or
(6) When engaged in religious or scholastic activities.
(c) A police officer who has probable cause to believe that a child is in violation of this Section shall take such child into custody and immediately contact the child’s parent or guardian. If, after this contact, there is still probable cause to believe that the child was violating this Section, the child shall be turned over to the custody of the juvenile authorities until a parent or guardian can take custody of the child.
(d) Any person violating any of the provisions of this Section shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction thereof shall be fined as provided in Section 1-72.
(e) A police officer who has probable cause to believe that a child is in violation of this Section is hereby authorized to detain and take such child into custody until the parent or guardian of the child shall take him or her into custody; but such officer shall immediately, upon taking custody of the child, contact the child’s parent or guardian.
(f) It is unlawful for any parent, guardian or other person having care or custody of any child under the age of eighteen (18) years to allow or to permit any such child to be in violation of Subsection (a) above. Furthermore, if a child under the age of eighteen (18) years has been twice convicted of violating Subsection (a) above, it shall be presumed that the parent, guardian or other person having the care or custody of said child at the time of the offense allowed or permitted the child to violate Subsection (a) above. (Ord. 319 §6, 1990; Ord. 435 §1, 1996)

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