Township of Boonton, NJ
Morris County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Boonton 6-7-1955 by Ord. No. 91; amended in its entirety 2-14-1994 by Ord. No. 495. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Police Department — See Ch. 28.
Peace and good order — See Ch. 112.

§ 66-1 Definitions.

As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings as indicated:
GUARDIAN
A person other than a parent to whom legal custody of the juvenile has been given by court order or who is acting in place of a parent or who is responsible for the care and welfare of the juvenile.
JUVENILE
An individual who is under the age of 18 years.
PUBLIC PLACE
Any place to which the public has access, including but not limited to a public street, road, avenue, thoroughfare, sidewalk, bridge, alley, plaza, shopping area, public transportation facility, vehicle used for public transportation, parking lot and/or any other public building, structure or area.

§ 66-2 Hours of curfew.

[Amended 5-14-2012 by Ord. No. 808]
It shall be unlawful for any juvenile of any age under 18 years to be on any public street or in a public place in the Township of Boonton between the hours of 11:01 p.m. prevailing time and 6:00 a.m. prevailing time unless accompanied by the juvenile's parent or guardian, except as hereinafter provided.

§ 66-3 Duty of parent or guardian.

It shall be unlawful for any parent or guardian to allow an unaccompanied juvenile to be on any public street or in any public place in the Township of Boonton during the prohibited times set forth in § 66-2 hereof, except in the manner and for the purposes specified in this chapter.

§ 66-4 Nonapplicability.

[Amended 5-14-2012 by Ord. No. 808]
The provisions of this chapter shall not apply if said juvenile is, after 11:01 p.m. and before 6:00 a.m.:
A. 
Engaged in, or traveling to or from, a business or occupation which the laws of the State of New Jersey authorize the juvenile to perform.
B. 
Engaged in an errand involving a medical emergency.
C. 
Attending religious services, extracurricular school activities, activities sponsored by a religious or community-based organization or other cultural, educational or social events or in direct transit to or from such events.

§ 66-5 Emergencies.

Should an emergency arise necessitating a juvenile under the age of 18 years to be dispatched upon an errand requiring his presence upon a street or other public place after the curfew hour herein established, he shall have in his possession a note signed by a person of his household over the age of 18 years stating the nature of the errand, the necessity therefor, the place to which said juvenile is to go, the time such note was issued and the time required for such errand. The abuse of the provisions of this section shall constitute a violation of the provisions of this chapter punishable as hereinafter provided.

§ 66-6 Power of police officer.

Any police officer is hereby authorized and empowered to take into custody any juvenile who violates the provision of this chapter; such officer shall forthwith return said juvenile to his or her home and notify the parent or guardian of the violation.

§ 66-7 Violations and penalties.

[Amended 4-9-2007 by Ord. No. 739]
Any person found guilty of having violated the provisions of this chapter shall perform community service and shall be subject, upon conviction, to the penalties provided in § 1-15 of this Code, and if the juvenile's parents or guardians as well as the juvenile are found guilty of violating this chapter, the juvenile's parents or guardians shall perform community service together with the juvenile.