[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Schuylkill 1-18-1988. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Disturbing the peace — See Ch. 154.
A curfew is hereby established in Schuylkill Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania. The hours of this curfew shall begin at 11:00 p.m., prevailing time, on each day and end at 5:00 a.m., prevailing time, on the following succeeding day.
It shall be unlawful for any child who has not reached the 18th anniversary of the date of his or her birth to be in any public place, on any public street, or in any public way within Schuylkill Township within the hours of said curfew as hereinabove defined, unless such child is in the company of his or her parent, guardian, or other person standing with respect to the child in loco parentis or unless such child is proceeding expeditiously in the most direct route to his home from his place of employment or from a function duly sponsored by the school or place of worship attended by such child, if such employment, school or worship function detains such child so that he cannot arrive at his then place of abode before the hour of the curfew.
It shall be unlawful for any parent, guardian, or other person standing with respect to a child in loco parentis, knowingly, or with reason to know, to permit any such child under the age of 18 years to remain in or upon any public street, way, place, of otherwise to be in violation of this chapter.
It shall be unlawful for any person, firm, or corporation owning, managing, or operating a place of public resort to permit any such child under the age of 18 years to remain in such place, owned, managed, or operated by said person, firm, or corporation between the hours of the curfew hereby established.
It shall be unlawful for any adult (other than the parent, guardian, or person standing with respect to such child under the age of 18 years in loco parentis) knowingly to be in the company of any child in any public place, street, way or place of public resort in violation of this chapter.
Approved adult chaperones, coaches, mentors, etc., may substitute for a parent/guardian in situations where the minor is attending an activity sponsored by a school, religious, nonprofit, government, athletic, or similar organization.
Circumstances wherein minors are legally employed or serving as junior fire fighters or ambulance personnel shall constitute exemptions from this chapter.
Minors possessing a written document, dated that same day and signed by a parent/guardian, specifying the starting/ending times, place(s), purpose, and necessity of the minor being in a public place shall constitute an exemption from this chapter.
Police officers shall use their discretion when taking minors into custody in determining age. In any doubtful case, police may require positive proof of age, and until such proof is furnished, the judgment of the police officer shall prevail.
Any person who shall violate any provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $1,000 and costs of prosecution, or, in default of payment of such fine and costs, to imprisonment for not more than 30 day, provided juveniles who shall violate any provision of this chapter shall not be imprisoned, but shall be dealt with as provided by law.