[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Bridgeton 11-4-1970 as Sec. 4-9 of the 1970 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Amended 5-7-1996 by Ord. No. 95-19]
Except as set forth in § 130-4 of this chapter, it shall be unlawful for a juvenile below the age of 17 years to be on any public street or public place, including but not limited to highways, roads, playgrounds, public buildings, places of amusement, entertainment or places of business conducted for profit to which the public is invited and all public or quasi-public places either on foot or in any vehicle, within the City of Bridgeton between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. and it shall be unlawful for any juvenile under the age of 18 years to be on any public streets, highways, roads, playgrounds, places of amusement or entertainment or places of business conducted for profit to which the public is invited, and all public or quasi public places either on foot or in any vehicle within the City of Bridgeton between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. unless accompanied by a parent or guardian or unless engaged in or traveling to or from a business or occupation which a juvenile is authorized to perform under the laws of the state.
It shall be unlawful for any parent, guardian or other adult having custody, care or control of a minor under the age of 18 years to knowingly permit such minor to loiter, idle, wander, stroll, play or remain in or upon the public streets, highways, roads and other public or quasi-public places within the City.
If any minor under the age of 18 years should be apprehended for violating the provisions of this chapter, the assigned police officer shall notify the parents, guardian or other person having the custody, care or control of such minor of the arrest and may, if deemed advisable, make further inquiry or take such action concerning the presence of the minor in or upon the public or quasi-public places as may seem advisable.
The provisions of this chapter shall not be applicable to any minor under the age of 18 years during the time necessarily required for such minor to travel to his residence from any of the following:
A place of employment at which the minor may be gainfully employed.
A school or place of instruction at which such minor may be a bona fide attendant.
A place at which a function may be held which is sponsored by a religious, school, or civic organization.
A place at which a bona fide, supervised social meeting, gathering or assemblage was held.
An emergency arising necessitating a minor under the age of 18 years to be dispatched on an errand requiring his presence in or upon a street or automobile or in any public or quasi-public place during the curfew hours.
If it should be established that any minor under the age of 18 years idled, loitered, wandered or remained in or upon any public street, highway, road or other public or quasi-public place within the City in violation of this chapter, it shall be presumed, in the absence of proof to the contrary, that the parent or other adult person having care, control or custody of such minor, knowingly permitted the minor to do so.
[Added 5-7-1996 by Ord. No. 95-19]
It shall be unlawful for the owner or operator of any premises or his agents or employees to knowingly permit a minor to remain on the premises over which the operator has supervision, custody, or control when for the minor to so remain on the premises would be in violation of this chapter.
Notice of the curfew regulations established by this chapter shall be posted in or at such public or quasi-public places as may be deemed by the Chief of Police in order that the public may be constantly informed of the existence of the curfew regulations.
Any minor under the age of 18 years who violates this chapter shall be treated as a juvenile offender in accordance with the laws of the State of New Jersey.
Any parent of a juvenile or any person or persons of the age of 18 years or older violating the provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction, be subject to a fine not to exceed $1,000, imprisonment not to exceed 90 days, or both. In addition, any person found in violation of this chapter may be required to perform community service to such extent as may be ordered by the court. If both a juvenile and parent or guardian or other person having custody and control of a juvenile violate the provisions of this chapter, they shall be required to perform community service together. Any person who is convicted of a second offense of this chapter shall pay a mandatory minimum fine of not less than $200 and not to exceed $1,000 and may be subject to imprisonment not to exceed 90 days, or both. In addition, in lieu of all or part of the fines imposed hereunder, the court may order any parent or parents of juveniles to attend a training program approved by the court to improve parental child-raising skills and effectiveness. The failure of any parent or juvenile to adequately complete such a program shall constitute cause for imposition of or reinstatement of any fines imposed under this chapter.
[Amended 5-6-1996 by Ord. No. 95-19]