July 18, 2006

Juvenile Curfew

A juvenile curfew ordinance was enacted to cutail criminal mischief within the town like gang tagging with spray paint on buildings and vehicles. It affects persons 17 years of age or under who are found in any public place in the town from the hours of 11:00 p.m. until 6:00 a.m. on weekdays and from midnight until 6:00 a.m. on weekends without the presence of a parent or guardian. Police may cite violators without first issuing a warning.

Juviniles found in violation of the curfew could face a fine of up to $500. Students not in school from 9:00 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays while school is in session also can be held in violation of curfew. Any parent or guardian who knowingly allows a minor to violate curfew will also be held responsible.
Youths on emergency errands or who attend school or religious activities and those working on a job will be exempt from the curfew.

State law requires that towns which enact cufew ordinances must review them every three years.

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