City of Bridgman, MI
Berrien County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Bridgman 2-7-1982 by Ord. No. 82 (Ch. 201.000 of the 1999 Compiled Ordinances). Amendments noted where applicable.]
This chapter shall be known and may be cited as the "City of Bridgman Curfew Ordinance."
[Amended 8-17-1998 by Ord. No. 135]
This chapter is enacted for the purpose of regulating the hours during which a child under the age of 17 years may appear upon the public streets or in any public place in the City of Bridgman without being in the presence of their parents or guardians, or some adult person delegated by their parents or guardians; and to regulate such activities in the interest of the perseverance of the public health, safety and general welfare.
[Amended 8-17-1998 by Ord. No. 135]
It shall be unlawful for any minor under the age of 17 years to loiter, idle, wander, stroll, play, pleasure ride, park or be in or on any type of vehicle whatsoever, or be or remain in, on or about any public street, highway, road, alley, park, playground, or other public grounds, public places and public buildings, vacant lots, places of amusement or entertainment, or other unsupervised places in the City of Bridgman between the hours of 11:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m., official City time, of the following days: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of each week and between the hours of 12:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m., official City time, of the following days: Friday and Saturday of each week; provided, however, that the provisions of this section do not apply to a minor accompanied by his or her parent, guardian, or other adult person having the care and custody of the minor, or where the minor is upon an emergency errand or when the minor is going to, attending or coming directly from a legitimate church, municipal or school function, or to a minor whose lawful employment makes it necessary that such minor be in, on or about the places herein set forth within the prohibited hours contrary to the terms hereof.
[Amended 8-17-1998 by Ord. No. 135]
It shall be unlawful for any parent, guardian, or other adult person having the care and custody of any minor under the age of 17 years to allow or permit any such minor to loiter, idle, wander, stroll, play, pleasure ride, park, or be in or on any type of vehicle whatsoever, or be or remain in, on or about any public street, highway, road, alley, park, playground or other public grounds, public places and public buildings, vacant lots, places of amusement or entertainment, or other unsupervised places in the City of Bridgman contrary to the provisions of and within the time prohibited in § 194-3. It shall further be unlawful for any parent, guardian or other adult person having the care and custody of any minor under the age of 17 years to fail or neglect to cause any such minor to refrain from being in, on or about the places set forth in § 194-3 within the time prohibited contrary to the terms and provisions of this chapter.[1]
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Editor's Note: Original Sec. 5, Lack of knowledge, which immediately followed this section, was repealed 8-17-1998 by Ord. No. 135.
[Amended 8-17-1998 by Ord. No. 135]
It shall be unlawful for any person operating places of amusement and entertainment in the City of Bridgman, including, but not limited to, bowling alleys, theaters, pool halls, dance halls, or places having amusement devices such as pinball and video game machines, to permit any minor under the age of 17 years to enter such places of amusement and entertainment during the hours prohibited by the terms of § 194-3; provided, however, that the provisions of this section do not apply when the minor is accompanied by his or her parent, guardian or other adult person having the care and custody of the minor.
Any minor found by any police officer in violation of § 194-3 of this chapter shall be taken into custody by said police officer and delivered as soon as may be to the parent, guardian or other adult person having the lawful care and custody of said minor.
Whenever any minor shall be taken into custody, as hereinbefore provided, written notice shall be given the parent, guardian or other person having the lawful care and custody of said minor in the form hereinafter provided, which notice shall be served upon such person by handing said person a copy of the same personally or by leaving a copy thereof at his or her place of residence and informing any person upon the premises of suitable age and understanding of the contents thereof. Such notice shall be in substantially the following manner:
To:
You are hereby notified that on the _____ day of __________, _____, your minor child named _____________________________________ was taken into custody for being upon the streets of the City of Bridgman in violation of the City of Bridgman "Curfew Ordinance."
You are further notified that failure to observe the provisions of this chapter may result in your liability for the penalty provided.
Officer, Bridgman Police Department
[Amended 8-17-1998 by Ord. No. 135]
A. 
Any person who violates any of the provisions of this chapter shall be responsible for a municipal civil infraction and shall be subject to a fine of not less than $50, plus costs, damages, expenses and other sanctions as herein provided, for each civil infraction. A subsequent or repeat violation by the same individual of the same alleged violation within six months shall carry a fine of $250 plus costs, damages, expenses, and other sanctions as herein provided and any subsequent repeat occurrences shall carry a fine of $500 plus costs, damages, expenses and other sanctions as herein provided.
B. 
Authorized Municipal Officials for the purpose of issuing municipal civil infraction citations and municipal civil infraction notices under the provisions of this chapter shall, in addition to police officers, include the following: Park Superintendent or City Manager.
Should any section, subsection, sentence, clause or phrase of this chapter be declared by a court to be invalid, the same shall not affect the validity of the chapter as a whole, or any part thereof other than the part so invalid; it being the intention of the City Council that each part, paragraph, sentence or any part thereof is separate from the rest of this chapter.