Township of Washington, NJ
Gloucester County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Council of the Township of Washington 10-26-1995 by Ord. No. 26-1995 as Sec. 4-3 of the 1994 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Peace and good order — See Ch. 168.
It shall be unlawful hereafter for any person under the age of 18 years to loiter, idle, wander, stroll, play or remain in or upon the public streets, 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 Township of Washington, on Sunday through Thursday, between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m., and on Friday and Saturday, between the hours of 12:00 midnight and 6:00 a.m.; provided, however, that the provisions of this chapter shall not apply to any such minor when accompanied by his/her parent(s), guardian or other adult person having custody, care or control of such minor, or as otherwise excepted in § 63-4.
It shall be unlawful for any parent, guardian or other adult person having custody, care or control of a child 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 Township during the times set forth in § 63-1 above.
Assigned police officers of the Township shall notify the parents, guardian or other person having the care, custody or control of such minor of any arrest by written notification, serving notice that such arrest was for violation of this chapter. The letter should serve as first notice, and that any subsequent violations within one year of notice will result in complaints being signed against the parent or guardian for appearance in Municipal Court.
A. 
The provisions of this chapter shall not be applicable to any person under the age of 18 years during the time necessarily required for such minor to travel from any of the following to his/her residence.
(1) 
A place of employment at which such minor may be gainfully employed.
(2) 
A school or place of instruction at which such minor may be in bona fide attendance.
(3) 
A place at which a function may be held that shall be or had been sponsored by a religious, school, civic or other properly supervised event or program.
(4) 
A place at which a bona fide, supervised social meeting, gathering or assemblage had taken place for which the minor has in his/her possession the written approval of his/her parent or guardian to attend such specific event with such parent's or guardian's signature.
B. 
The abuse of the provisions of this section shall constitute a violation of the provisions of this chapter, punishable as hereinafter provided.
A. 
The provisions of this chapter shall not be applicable to any person under the age of 18 years if the minor is involved in errands involving medical emergencies requiring the minor's presence in, on or upon a street or automobile or in any public or quasi-public place during the curfew hours herein established.
B. 
The abuse of the provisions of this section shall constitute a violation of the provisions of this chapter, punishable as hereinafter provided.
If it should be established that any person under the age of 18 years remained idle, loitered, wandered, strolled or remained in, on or upon any of the public or quasi-public places within the Township in violation of the provisions of this chapter, then it shall be presumed, in the absence of proof to the contrary, that the parent or other adult having the care, control or custody of such minor knowingly permitted such minor to do so.
Any person or persons found guilty of violating any of the provisions of this chapter shall be required to perform community service. If both a person under the age of 18 years and the minor's parent or guardian violate any of the provisions of this chapter, they both shall be required to perform community service together. Community service may include attending parenting skills programs provided by the Youth Services Commission. Any person(s) found guilty of violating any provisions of this chapter may also be subject to a fine of up to $1,000.