Borough of Punxsutawney, PA
Jefferson County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Council of the Borough of Punxsutawney 10-1-1973 by Ord. No. 799. Amendments noted where applicable.]
As used in this chapter, the following words and terms shall have the meanings hereby ascribed to them, except where the context clearly indicates a different meaning:
CHILD
A person under the age of 18 years, whether a resident or a nonresident of the Borough of Punxsutawney.
OFFICIAL BOROUGH TIME
Eastern standard time, except that from the last Sunday in April to the last Sunday in October it shall be Eastern daylight saving time.
PARENT
Any parent, guardian or any adult person responsible for the care and custody of a child.
REMAIN
To loiter, idle, wander, stroll or play in or upon.
It shall be unlawful for any child who has not reached his or her 18th birthday to be or remain in or upon any public highway, park, playground, street or other public place or in any vehicle which is in or upon any of the aforesaid public places between the hours of 12:00 midnight and 5:00 a.m., official Borough time, unless accompanied by a parent or unless such child is lawfully employed so as to make it necessary to use public highways during such time for the exclusive use of such employment.
It shall be a defense to a violation of this chapter if the offender shall present proof that he or she was in attendance at an unauthorized school event of the Punxsutawney area school or Punxsutawney parochial school which concluded less than 1/2 hour before he or she was apprehended.
A. 
No parent shall allow or permit any child to remain in or upon any public place or any establishment between the hours of 12:00 midnight and 5:00 a.m., official Borough time, of the following day.
B. 
The provisions of this section shall not apply to any parent who accompanied a child.
A. 
Any police officer who finds a child violating any provisions of this chapter shall obtain information from such child as to his name and address, age and the name of his parents or parent. The child shall thereupon be instructed to proceed to his home forthwith. The information obtained from the child shall be forwarded to the Chief of Police, who shall cause a written notice to be mailed to the parents or parent of the child, advising of the violation of the chapter.
B. 
Any parent violating any provision of this chapter, upon conviction before the District Justice, shall be guilty of a summary offense and shall be subject to pay a fine not to exceed the maximum fine of $300, plus costs of prosecution, or to undergo imprisonment for a term not exceeding 90 days, or both.
[Amended 8-31-1987 by Ord. No. 943]
C. 
Any child who shall violate the provisions of this chapter three or more times shall be referred to the Juvenile Court in and for the County of Jefferson.
The Mayor, with the approval of the Public Safety Committee, may, from time to time, issue proclamations or notices temporarily suspending this chapter, or extending the hour of the same so as to permit children who have not reached their 18th birthday to be upon the streets or in or upon other public places for any special occasions or functions not otherwise covered in § 105-3.