[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Mansfield by Ord. No. 8-82 (§ 3-3 of the 1975 General Ordinances). 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 or under the control of his parent or guardian.
No person shall loiter in a public place in such manner as to:
Create or cause to be created a danger of a breach of the peace.
Create or cause to be created any disturbance or annoyance to the comfort and repose of any person.
Obstruct the free passage of pedestrians or vehicles.
Obstruct, molest, or interfere with any person lawfully in any public place as defined in § 232-1. This subsection shall include the making of unsolicited remarks of an offensive, disgusting or insulting nature or which are calculated to annoy or disturb the person to, or in whose hearing, they are made.
Whenever any police officer, in the exercise of reasonable judgment, decides that the presence of any person in any public place is causing or is likely to cause any of the conditions enumerated in § 232-2, he may, if he deems it necessary for the preservation of the public peace and safety, order that person to leave that place. Any person who refuses to leave after being ordered to do so by a police officer shall be guilty of a violation of this chapter.
No parent or guardian of a minor under the age of 18 years shall knowingly permit that minor to loiter in violation of this chapter.
No person under the age of 18 years shall be or remain on any public place within the confines of the Township between 9:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. of the following day, prevailing time.
The prohibition contained in § 232-5 is subject to the following exceptions:
The minor is upon an emergency errand involving the health, safety and welfare of the minor himself or some other person.
The minor is accompanied by a parent, legal guardian or other adult person having the care, custody and control of the minor.
The minor is actually engaged in or is going directly to or is returning directly from a lawful trade, profession or occupation in which the minor is engaged and which makes it necessary for him to be in such places within the proscribed times.
The minor is the holder of a valid New Jersey driver's license and is operating a motor vehicle through the Township upon streets and public ways contained therein.
The minor is in the performance of a duty directed by his parent, guardian or other person having his care or custody.
The minor is going directly to or returning directly from a legitimate evening activity sponsored by the Township, the Board of Education or some other legitimate adult organization within the Township. This shall include attendance at church and religious activities and school activities, including classes, dances and sports events, as well as public fireworks displays and other similar events.
No person, parent or guardian having the legal care or custody of any such minor shall knowingly permit such minor to violate the curfew provisions of this chapter.