Town of Lewiston, NY
Niagara County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Lewiston Town Board 10-3-1994 by L.L. No. 2-1994 (Ch. 17A of the 1965 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
This chapter shall be known as and may be cited as the "Juvenile Curfew Law of the Town of Lewiston."
The Town of Lewiston is primarily responsible for promoting the health, safety and general welfare of its residents. It is also a compelling government interest that the Town preserve the safety of minors and reduce juvenile-related crime within the Town's borders. Therefore, this chapter is designed to preserve the safety of minors and reduce juvenile-related crime, while at the same time allowing minors to exercise their rights to freedom of association and freedom of religion.
It shall be unlawful for any minor under the age of 16 to loiter, idle, wander, stroll, play or remain in or upon any public place, including but not necessarily limited to public streets, parks, playgrounds, buildings, vacant lots and other public places, between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. of the following day, official city time. The provisions of this section shall not apply to a minor accompanied by his or her parent, guardian or other adult having the care and custody of such minor or when such minor is on an emergency errand or legitimate business directed by his or her parent, guardian or other adult having the care and custody of such minor. The provisions of this section shall not apply to minors going directly to or from any adult-supervised activities sponsored by any school, church, civic or not-for-profit organization.
It shall be unlawful for the parent, guardian or other adult having the care and custody of a minor under the age of 16 years to such minor to be in any public place between the hours prescribed as set forth in the above section entitled "Prohibited acts; exceptions."
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Each violation of any of the provisions of this chapter shall constitute a separate offense.
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Police officers are hereby authorized to take into custody any minor who shall violate the provisions of this chapter and to promptly notify his or her parent, guardian or person having the care and custody of such child that said child is in custody at police headquarters where the child may be picked up. Said parent, guardian or person having the care and custody of such child will then be advised at police headquarters to thereafter keep such child from the streets and public places stated herein between the hours aforesaid.
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Any parent, guardian or other adult having the care and custody of a minor violating any provision of this chapter shall be punishable by a fine of not more than $250 or by imprisonment for not more than 15 days, or both.