Township of West Lampeter, PA
Lancaster County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of West Lampeter 7-17-1989 by Ord. No. 106. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Loitering — See Ch. 163.
Parks and public property — See Ch. 185.

§ 128-1 Title.

This chapter shall be known as the "West Lampeter Township Curfew Ordinance."

§ 128-2 Legislative intent.

The Board of Supervisors of the Township of West Lampeter, being cognizant of the problem of juvenile delinquency and believing that it can be dealt with more effectively by regulating the hours during which minors less than 18 years of age may remain in public places and certain establishments without adult supervision, and by defining more clearly certain duties and responsibilities upon those who have the custody and responsibility for the care of such minors, directs that in the administration and enforcement of this chapter the fundamental purpose of reducing juvenile delinquency shall be foremost.

§ 128-3 Definitions.

In this chapter the following definitions shall apply:
AFTER HOURS
The period of time between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. on Sunday through Thursday evenings and 12:00 midnight and 6:00 a.m. on Friday and Saturday evenings.
ESTABLISHMENT
Any privately owned place of business carried on for profit, any place of amusement or entertainment to which the public is invited, and any similar place.
MINOR
Any person less than 18 years of age. For the purpose of this chapter any person shall be deemed to be 18 years of age on the date of his or her 18th birthday and not before this time.
OPERATOR
Any individual, firm, association, partnership, or corporation owning, operating, managing, or conducting any establishment. Whenever used in any clause prescribing penalty, the word "operator" shall include the members, partners, officers, and managers of any firm, association, partnership, or corporation.
PARENT
A parent; a guardian; or an adult person 21 years of age or over responsible either temporarily or permanently for the custody or care of any minor or for the control of such minor.
PUBLIC PLACE
Any public street, highway, road, alley, park, playground, vacant lot, public building or ground, railway station, bus terminal or similar place.
REMAIN
Loiter, idle, wander, stroll, play, or be.

§ 128-4 Unlawful conduct of minor.

No minor 12 years of age or older shall remain in or upon any public place or establishment in the Township of West Lampeter after hours unless accompanied by a parent; or unless upon an errand or other legitimate business directed by a parent, in which case the minor shall carry written identification and dated evidence of such parental direction, including a statement of the applicable date and time; or unless engaged in gainful, lawful employment after hours, in which case the minor shall carry written identification and dated evidence of such employment, including a statement of the applicable date and time. Furthermore, no minor or parent shall falsify such documents as mentioned above.

§ 128-5 Unlawful conduct of operators of establishments.

No operator of an establishment shall knowingly permit any minor to remain upon the premises of such establishment after hours.

§ 128-6 Rules and regulations.

The Chief of Police is hereby authorized from time to time to promulgate such rules and regulations, including the extension of hours for special occasions, as in his opinion shall be necessary or useful in the enforcement of this chapter. Such rules and regulations shall, however, be subject to the approval of the Board of Supervisors of the Township of West Lampeter.

§ 128-7 Separate offenses.

Each violation of the provisions of this chapter shall constitute a separate offense.

§ 128-8 Violations and penalties.

A. 
Violation of the provisions of this chapter shall be a summary offense.
B. 
Any minor or parent convicted of violating the provisions of this chapter for the first time shall be fined $5. Any minor or parent convicted of violating the provisions of this chapter for the second time shall be fined $50 and/or imprisoned for a term not to exceed 90 days. Any minor or parent convicted of violating the provisions of this chapter for the third time shall be fined $100 and/or imprisoned for a term not to exceed 90 days. Any minor or parent convicted of violating the provisions of this chapter for the fourth or subsequent time shall be fined $300 and/or imprisoned for a term not to exceed 90 days.
C. 
Any operator convicted of violating the provisions of this chapter for the first time shall be fined $50 and/or imprisoned for a term not to exceed 90 days. Any operator convicted of violating the provisions of this chapter for the second or subsequent time shall be fined $300 and/or imprisoned for a term not to exceed 90 days.