[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee (now Council) of the Township of Galloway 3-17-1975 by Ord. No. 491. Amendments noted where applicable.]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- Remaining idle in essentially one location, including the concepts of spending time idly, loafing or walking about aimlessly, and also including the colloquial expression "hanging around."
- PARENT or GUARDIAN
- Any adult person having the care or custody of a minor, whether by reason of blood relationship, the order of any court or otherwise.
- PUBLIC PLACE
- Any place to which the public has access, including any street, highway, road, alley or sidewalk. It shall also include the front or the neighborhood of any store, shop, restaurant, tavern or other place of business and public grounds, areas and parks, as well as parking lots or other vacant private property not owned by or under the control of the person charged with violating this chapter or, in the case of a minor, not owned by or under the control of his parent or guardian.
It shall be unlawful for any person to loiter in a public place in such manner as to:
Clearly cause an immediate, actual, physically violent reaction from any person of ordinary sensibilities, which reaction will cause or create a threat to the peace and good order of the public.
So disturb a person of ordinary sensibilities as to cause such person to react immediately in such a way as to threaten by physical violence the peace and good order of the public.
Obstruct the free passage of pedestrians or vehicles.
Obstruct, molest or interfere with any person lawfully in a public place as defined in § 245-1. This subsection shall include the making of unsolicited remarks of an offensive, disgusting or insulting nature or which are calculated to annoy or disturb a person of ordinary sensibilities so as to cause such person to react immediately in such a way as to threaten by physical violence the peace and good order of the public.
No person shall be convicted of loitering in a public place in violation of this section unless a police officer at the time determined that such person was causing or was likely to cause any of the conditions enumerated hereinabove; and such police officer, at that time, ordered the person to cease the enumerated conduct and move on, which police order the person refused to obey.
No parent or guardian of a minor under the age of 18 years shall knowingly permit the minor to loiter in violation of this chapter.
Whenever any minor under the age of 18 years is adjudged to be in violation of this chapter, his parent or guardian shall be notified of this fact by the Chief of Police or any other person designated by him to given such notice.
If at any time within 30 days following the giving of notice as provided in § 245-4, the minor to whom such notice relates again violates this chapter, it shall be presumed, in the absence of evidence to the contrary, that the minor did so with the knowledge and permission of his parent or guardian.
[Amended 6-28-2005 by Ord. No. 1609; 12-13-2016 by Ord. No. 1951-2016]
Each and every person violating any of the provisions of this chapter shall be subject, upon conviction thereof, to a fine of not more than $2,000, imprisonment for not more than 90 days and/or a period of community service for not more than 90 days, in the discretion of the Judge before whom said conviction shall be had.