[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee (now Mayor and Council) of the Township of North Brunswick 9-20-1971. Section 165-5 amended at time of adoption of Code; see Ch. 1, General Provisions. Other amendments noted where applicable.]
Whenever, in the judgment of the Mayor, or in the event of his absence, disability or other inability to act, the Mayor and Council by a majority vote determines that, an emergency exists as a result of mob action or other civil disobedience, including riot, rout or unlawful assembly, or there is real and present danger thereof, causing or likely to cause danger of injury to or damages to persons or property, he shall have the power to impose by proclamation any or all of the following regulations deemed by him necessary to preserve the peace and order of the township:
To impose a curfew upon all or any portion of the township, thereby requiring all persons in such designated curfew areas to forthwith remove themselves from the public streets, areas, parks or other public places; provided, however, that physicians, nurses and ambulance operators performing medical services, utility personnel maintaining essential public services, firemen and township-authorized or -requested law enforcement officers and personnel shall be exempted from such curfew.
To order the closing of any business establishments anywhere within the township for the period of the emergency, such businesses to include, but not limited to, those selling intoxicating liquors or firearms or ammunition.
To designate any public street, thoroughfare or vehicle parking areas closed to motor vehicles and pedestrian traffic.
To call upon regular and auxiliary law enforcement agencies and organizations within or without the township to assist in preserving and keeping the peace within the township.
Issue such other orders as are immediately necessary in his judgment for the protection of life and property.
The proclamation of emergency provided herein shall become effective upon its issuance to news media or immediate dissemination to the public, its posting on a bulletin board in the Municipal Building and, where feasible, by public-address systems throughout the township.
Any emergency proclaimed in accordance with the provisions of this chapter shall terminate after 48 hours from the issuance thereof or upon the issuance of a proclamation declaring an emergency no longer exists, whichever occurs first; provided, however, that such emergency may be extended for such additional comparable periods of time as determined necessary by the Mayor of the township.
During the period of such emergency, the following regulations shall be observed:
No person shall make, carry, possess or use any type of Molotov cocktail, gasoline or petroleum base firebomb or other incendiary missile.
No person shall consume any alcoholic beverages in a public street or public place or in any motor vehicle driven or parked thereon.
No person shall carry or possess any rock, bottle, club, brick or weapon or other object capable of being used as a weapon unlawfully against the persons or property of another, provided that anything herein contained shall not apply to any law enforcement officer or other person engaged lawfully in enforcing the emergency restrictions.
No person shall carry or transport gasoline or other flammable or combustible liquid products in any container other than a gasoline tank properly affixed to a motor vehicle.
No person shall intercept or interfere with police and/or fire radio broadcasts.
[Amended 9-6-1977; 4-17-2006 by Ord. No. 06-06]
Any person violating or failing to comply with any of the provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be punishable by a fine of not more than $2,000 or by imprisonment for a term not to exceed 90 days, or by both such fine and imprisonment, in the discretion of the Judge. The continuation of such violation on each successive day shall constitute a separate offense, and the person or persons allowing or permitting the continuation of the violation may be punished as provided above for each separate offense.