[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Kingwood 11-20-1981 as Ord. No. 4-15-81. Amendments noted where applicable.]
There is hereby adopted by the Kingwood Township Committee a chapter prohibiting certain activity which is a threat to the public health, safety and convenience.
Improper behavior. A person is guilty of a violation of this chapter if, with purpose to cause public inconvenience, annoyance or alarm, or recklessly creating a risk thereof, s/he engages in fighting or threatening or in violent or tumultuous behavior or creates a hazardous or physically dangerous condition by any act which serves no legitimate purpose of the actor.
Offensive language. A person is guilty of a violation of this chapter if, in a public place and with purpose to offend the sensibilities of a hearer or in reckless disregard of the probability of doing so, s/he addresses an unreasonably loud and offensively coarse or abusive language, given the circumstances of the person present and the setting of the utterance, to any person present.
Definitions. As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- Affecting or likely to affect persons in a place to which the public or a substantial group has access; among the places included are highways, transport facilities, schools, apartment houses, places of business or amusement or any neighborhood.
A person violates this chapter if, with purpose to harass another, s/he:
Makes, or causes to be made, a communication or communications anonymously or at extremely inconvenient hours or in offensively coarse language or any other manner likely to cause annoyance or alarm;
Subjects another to striking, kicking, shoving or other offensive touching, or threatens to do so; or
Engages in any other course of alarming conduct or repeatedly committed acts with purpose to alarm or seriously annoy such other person.
A person violates this chapter if, with the purpose to prevent or disrupt a lawful meeting, procession or gathering, s/he does an act tending to obstruct or interfere with it physically.
A person violates this chapter if, with purpose to prevent or disrupt another from attending to his lawful business and affairs or to prevent or disrupt a person from engaging in any employment or patronizing any lawful business establishment, s/he does an act tending to obstruct or interfere with the other person physically.
Any person who casts, shoots or throws anything at or against or into any vehicle or other facility of transportation or places any stick, stone or other substance upon any street or way open to the public or any public parking place, for the purposes of interfering with or affecting the movement of motor vehicles, or who unlawfully climbs into or upon any motor vehicle, either in motion or standing on any public street or parked in any other public place is guilty of a violation of this chapter.
Any person who, being under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs, loiters or creates a disturbance in any public street or public or quasi-public place is guilty of a violation of this chapter.
Any person who, being under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs, goes in or upon any private property not his own without the permission of the owner or another person having authority to grant such permission is guilty of a violation of this chapter.
Where five or more persons are participating in a course of conduct prohibited by §§ 73-2, 73-3, 73-4, 73-5 or 73-6 or engaging in any other conduct likely to cause substantial harm, a peace officer, policeman or other public servant engaged in executing or enforcing the law may order the participants and others in the immediate vicinity to disburse. A person who refuses or knowingly fails to obey such an order commits a violation of this chapter.
A person who, having no legal privilege to do so, purposely or recklessly obstructs any street or other passage open to the public, whether alone or with others, commits a violation of this chapter. "Obstructs" means renders impassable without unreasonable inconvenience or hazard. No person shall be deemed guilty of recklessly obstructing in violation of this subsection solely because of a gathering of persons to hear him/her speak or otherwise communicate or solely because of being a member of such a gathering.
A person in a gathering commits a violation of this chapter if he/she refuses to obey a reasonable official request or order to move:
To prevent obstruction of a street or other passage open to the public, including means of ingress to and egress from any public parking area or the entrance to any building or structure; or
To prevent obstruction of any public or quasi-public parking space designated for the use of motor vehicles.
To maintain public safety by disbursing those gathered in dangerous proximity to a fire or other hazard.
An order to move, addressed to a person whose speech or other lawful behavior attracts an obstructing audience, shall not be deemed reasonable if the obstruction can be remedied by police control of the size or location of the gathering.
A person is guilty of violating this chapter when:
By conduct either unlawful in itself or unreasonable under all of the circumstances, s/he knowingly or recklessly creates or maintains a condition which endangers the safety or health of a considerable number of persons; or
Any person under the legal age to purchase alcoholic beverages or who knowingly possesses without legal authority or who knowingly consumes any alcoholic beverage in any school, public conveyance, public place or place of public assembly or motor vehicle is guilty of a violation of this chapter.
Any person, firm or corporation who violates any of the provisions of this chapter shall be subject to a fine not to exceed $500 or to a jail term not to exceed 90 days, or both. In connection with any provision of this chapter which deals with the maintenance of property, each and every day of violation shall constitute a separate offense, for which a separate penalty may be imposed.