Township of Hazlet, NJ
Monmouth County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Hazlet as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted 3-16-1982 by Ord. No. 555-82 as Sec. 6-1 of the 1982 Revised General Ordinances (Ch. 149, Art. I, of the 1993 Code)]

§ 177-1 Findings of fact.

The Township Committee, by reason of conditions which exist and of circumstances that have occurred within the Township which have been a source of annoyance to the residents of the Township and to others in the lawful use of the public and quasi-public places in the Township, deem it advisable, proper and in the best interest of the Township, and necessary and proper for the maintenance of good government, order and protection of persons and property and for the preservation of the public health, safety and welfare of the Township and its residents and others lawfully using the public and quasi-public places in the Township, that the use of public streets or other public or quasi-public places within the Township by any minor should be regulated.

§ 177-2 Hours established.

A. 
It shall be unlawful for any minor 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 between the hours of 10:00 p.m., on all days from Sunday to Thursday inclusive, and 6:00 a.m. of the following day, and between the hours of 11:00 p.m. on all Fridays and Saturdays and 6:00 a.m. of the following day, between September 15 and June 15; and from June 15 to September 15 between the hours of 11:00 p.m. of all days from Sunday to Thursday, inclusive, and 6:00 a.m. of the following day, and between the hours of 12:00 midnight on all Fridays and Saturdays and 6:00 a.m. of the following day.
B. 
The provisions of this section shall not apply to any minor when accompanied by his or her parent or parents, guardian or other adult person having custody, care or control of such minor.

§ 177-3 Duty of parents.

It shall be unlawful for any parent, guardian or other adult person having custody, care or control of a minor 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, as provided in § 177-2.

§ 177-4 Notification of parents; further action.

If any minor should be apprehended for violating the provisions of this article, a police officer of the Township shall notify the parents, guardians or other person having the care, custody or control of such minor of his or her arrest and may, if deemed advisable, make such 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.

§ 177-5 Exceptions.

The provisions of this article shall not be applicable to any minor during the time necessarily required for such minor to travel to his or her residence from:
A. 
A place of employment at which the minor may be gainfully employed.
B. 
A school or place of instruction at which the minor may be in bona fide attendance.
C. 
A place at which a function may be held that shall be or had been sponsored by a religious, school or civic group, or other properly supervised event or program.
D. 
A place at which a bona fide, supervised, social meeting, gathering or assemblage had taken place.

§ 177-6 Emergency situations.

Should an emergency arise necessitating a minor to be dispatched upon an errand requiring his or her presence in or upon a street or automobile or in any public or quasi-public place during the curfew hours, he or she shall have in his or her possession a note signed by the parent, guardian or other person having custody, care or control of such minor child, stating the nature of the errand, the necessity therefor and place to which he or she is to go, the time the note was issued and the time required for the errand. The abuse of the provisions of this section shall constitute a violation of the provisions of this article.

§ 177-7 Presumption of violation.

A. 
If it should be established that any minor 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 article, it shall be presumed, in the absence of proof to the contrary, that the parent or other adult person having the care, control or custody of such minor knowingly permitted him or her to do so.
B. 
It shall be unlawful for any merchant, businessman or businesswoman or proprietor of any commercial establishment, or their agents, servants or employees, to permit any minor to remain on the premises under their control if the person in good faith knows or has reason to know that the person is a minor and in violation of this article.[1]
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Editor's Note: Original Sec. 6-1.8, Construction, which immediately followed this subsection and pertained to former loitering provisions, was deleted 9-21-1993 by Ord. No. 923-93.

§ 177-8 Violations and penalties.

[Added 9-21-1993 by Ord. No. 923-93]
Any parent, guardian or other adult person having custody, care or control of a minor child under the age of 18 years who knowingly permits such minor to violate the provisions of this article shall be punishable as provided in Chapter 1, General Provisions, Article III.
[Adopted 3-16-1982 by Ord. No. 555-82 as Sec. 6-1 of the 1982 Revised General Ordinances (Ch. 149, Art. II of the 1993 Code)]

§ 177-9 Curfew.

No person under the age of 18 years shall be upon any of the public streets, highways, alleys, parks or other public places in the Township of Hazlet, either on foot or in or upon any type of conveyance, unless such person is accompanied by his or her parent, guardian or legal custodian between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. on October 29, 30 and 31. If October 31 falls on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday, this article shall also be effective on November 1.

§ 177-10 Exceptions.

The provisions of this article shall not be applicable to any person under the age of 18 years during the time necessarily required for such person to travel from:
A. 
A place of employment at which such person may be gainfully employed; or
B. 
A school or place of instruction at which such person may be in bona fide attendance; or
C. 
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; or
D. 
A place at which a bona fide, supervised, social meeting, gathering or assemblage had taken place to the person's residence.

§ 177-11 Violations and penalties. [1]

Violators shall be required to perform community service and may be subject to a fine of up to $1,000. If both a juvenile and the juvenile's parent or guardian violate this article, they shall be required to perform community service together.
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Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).