[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of West Goshen 6-3-1959. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Peace and good order — See Ch. 59.
[Amended 2-24-1987 by Ord. No. 2-1987]
It shall be unlawful for any minor who has not attained the 18th anniversary of the date of his birth to remain in or upon any street, public place or any establishment in the Township of West Goshen between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. of the following day, prevailing time, except that on Fridays and Saturdays and all nights between June 15 and September 15, inclusive, the hours shall be 11:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m., provided that this section shall not apply to any minor accompanied by a parent, guardian or an adult 21 years of age or over responsible for the care and custody of the person of such minor or to a minor upon an errand or other legitimate business directed by such minor's parent or guardian or to any minor who is engaged in gainful, lawful employment during the curfew hours, provided that said minor carries identification and evidence in writing to this effect.
It shall be unlawful for any parent or guardian of a minor knowingly to permit any minor under the age of 18 years to remain in or upon any public place, street or any establishment between the hours specified under § 34-1 hereof, unless accompanied by a parent, guardian or any adult 21 years of age or over, responsible for the care and custody of the minor or unless such is engaged in gainful employment during the curfew hours.
It shall be unlawful for any operator of any establishment or their agents or employees knowingly to permit any minors under the age of 18 years to remain upon the premises of said establishment during the hours restricted under § 34-1.
[Amended 2-24-1987 by Ord. No. 2-1987]
Any police officer who finds a minor under the age of 18 years violating the provisions of this chapter shall obtain information from such minor as to his name and address, his age and the name of his parent, guardian or other person having custody of the minor. The minor shall thereupon be instructed to proceed to his home forthwith. The information obtained from the minor shall be transmitted to the Chief of Police, who shall cause a written notice by certified mail to be sent to the parent, guardian or other person having custody of the minor advising of the violation of the chapter and that any subsequent violation of this chapter shall result in prosecution under § 34-5 hereof.
[Amended 2-24-1987 by Ord. No. 2-1987; 7-24-1996 by Ord. No. 7-1996; 3-12-1997 by Ord. No. 2-1997]
Any person who violates or permits the violation of any provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof in a summary proceeding brought before a District Justice under the Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure, be guilty of a summary offense and shall be subject to the payment of a fine of not less than $100 and not more than $1,000, plus the costs of prosecution. In default of payment thereof, the defendant may be sentenced to imprisonment in the county prison for a term of not more than 30 days. Each section or provision of this chapter that is violated shall constitute a separate offense, and each day or portion thereof in which a violation of this chapter is found to exist shall constitute a separate offense, each of which violations shall be punishable by a separate fine imposed by the District Justice of not less than $100 and not more than $1,000, plus the costs of prosecution, or upon default of payment thereof, the defendant may be sentenced to imprisonment in the county prison for a term of not more than 30 days. All fines and penalties collected for the violation of this chapter shall be paid to the Township Treasurer.
It is declared to be the intention of the chapter that its provisions shall be liberally construed so as to curb or reduce juvenile delinquency.