Borough of Ephrata, PA
Lancaster County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Ephrata 4-12-1971 as Ord. No. 937. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Peace and good order — See Ch. 227.

§ 155-1 Curfew established; hours; exceptions.

From and after the passage of this chapter, no minor under the age of eighteen (18) years shall be in or upon any of the public streets, alleys, highways, parks or sidewalks or in automobiles traveling or parked on any street, alley or highway or in any public or private establishments in this municipality after the hour of 11:00 p.m. on the nights from Sunday to Thursday, inclusive, to the hour of 5:00 a.m. the following day, or after the hour of 12:00 midnight on the nights of Friday and Saturday, to the hour of 5:00 a.m. the following day, prevailing time, unless such minor is accompanied by his or her parent, guardian or other person having the legal care or custody of any minor under eighteen (18) years of age, or is in the performance of any errand or duty directed by his or her parents, guardian or legal custodian or whose legally recognized employment makes it necessary for such minor to be in or upon said streets, alleys, highways, parks or sidewalks or automobiles traveling or parked on any street, alley or highway or in public or private establishments in this municipality during the prohibited hours, prevailing time, in which case such minor shall carry a certificate of employment signed by the Chief of Police of the municipality of his or her residence, or, if not a member of the Council of Governments of Northern Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, then of the municipality where so employed.

§ 155-2 Duties of parents, guardians and legal custodians.

No parent, guardian or other person having the legal care or custody of any minor under eighteen (18) years of age shall allow or permit any such minor to be in or upon any of the streets, alleys, highways, parks, sidewalks or parked or traveling automobiles or in public or private establishments in this municipality during the prohibited hours except as specified in § 155-1 of this chapter or unless reasonable necessity can be shown therefor.

§ 155-3 Enforcement; warning.

The police officers of this municipality finding any such minors under the age of eighteen (18) years in or upon any of the streets, alleys, highways, parks, sidewalks or parked or traveling automobiles or in public or private establishments in this municipality in violation of any of the provisions of this chapter shall take the name of such minor and the name and address of the parents, guardian or other person having the legal care or custody of any minor under eighteen (18) years of age, shall direct such minor to go to his or her home immediately and shall make a report thereof to the Mayor within twenty-four (24) hours. Said elected official shall promptly send to the parents, guardian or other person having the legal care or custody of any minor under eighteen (18) years of age a written notice of the violation of this chapter and shall caution such parents, guardian or other person having the legal care or custody of any minor under eighteen (18) years of age that unless the terms of this chapter are complied with, the penalty herein provided will be invoked against such parents, guardian or other person having the legal care or custody of any minor under eighteen (18) years of age.

§ 155-4 Violations and penalties. [1]

No parent, guardian or other person having the legal care or custody of any minor under eighteen (18) years of age who shall violate any of the provisions of this chapter after notice thereof has been given, as provided in § 155-3 hereof, shall be prosecuted in the same manner in which summary convictions are now prosecuted and, upon conviction, shall be sentenced to pay a fine not exceeding six hundred dollars ($600.), plus costs of prosecution, and in default of payment thereof shall be sentenced to undergo imprisonment in the Lancaster County Prison for a period not exceeding thirty (30) days. Every day that a violation of this chapter continues shall constitute a separate offense.
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Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code; see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I.