Township of Oxford, NJ
Warren County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Oxford 12-30-1974; amended in its entirety 11-20-1997 by Ord. No. 97-12 (Ch. 45 of the 1974 Township Code). Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Drug-free zones – See Ch. 170.
Loitering – See Ch. 208.
Nuisances – See Ch. 219.
Peace and good order – See Ch. 240.

§ 157-1 Purpose.

The purpose of this chapter establishing a curfew for children is to help prevent truancy, juvenile delinquency and crime in the Township while, at the same time, safeguarding the constitutional rights of such children and encouraging school attendance.

§ 157-2 Definitions.

As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
CHILD
Any person under the age of 18 years.
ESTABLISHMENT
Any privately owned place of business carried on for profit or any place of amusement or entertainment to which the public is invited.
EXCUSED ABSENCE FROM SCHOOL
An absence that shall be excluded from counting toward the accrual of days that deny students the privilege of attending the secondary summer school program and counting toward the accrual of days that lead to court action or dropping the student from the school's register. Examples of excused absences are illness, death in the family and religious holidays and approved college visitation for high school seniors.
OPERATOR
Any individual, firm, association, partnership or corporation operating, managing or conducting any establishment. The term "operator," as used in the penalty provisions of § 157-9 and applied to a partnership, association or corporation, shall include the partners of the partnership, the members of the association and the officers of the corporation.
PARENT
Any natural parent of any child, a guardian or any adult person of the age of 21 years or older who is responsible for the care, custody and control of any child.
PUBLIC PLACE
Any place to which the public has access, including but not limited to a public street, road, thoroughfare, sidewalk, bridge, alley, plaza, park, recreation or shopping area, public transportation facility, vehicles used for public transportation, parking lot or any other public building, structure or area.
REMAIN
To loiter, idle, wander, stroll or play in or upon any establishment or public place.

§ 157-3 Night curfew.

No child under the age of 18 years shall remain in or upon any public place or establishment after the hour of 10:00 p.m. on each and every Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday until 6:00 a.m. of the following morning or after the hour of 11:00 p.m. on each and every Friday and Saturday until 6:00 a.m. on the following morning, unless accompanied by the parent as defined in § 157-2 of this chapter.

§ 157-4 Exceptions to night curfew.

In the following cases, a minor shall not be considered in violation of § 157-3:
A. 
When returning home from an educational, social or cultural activity sponsored by school or religious/community organizations.
B. 
When returning home from a place of employment.
C. 
When engaged in interstate travel beginning or ending in the Township.
D. 
When engaged in an errand relating to a medical emergency.

§ 157-5 School time day curfew.

No child over the age of five years and under the age of 18 years shall remain in or upon any public place or establishment outside any school grounds between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. every Monday through Friday while school is in session during the school year.

§ 157-6 Exceptions to school time day curfew.

In the following cases, a student shall not be considered in violation of § 157-5:
A. 
During an excused absence.
B. 
During an approved early dismissal from school.
C. 
When the student is enrolled in an approved work-experience program.
D. 
When the student is officially removed from the school register.
E. 
Parochial and private school students who have different school hours or different holiday and vacation schedules, during times while those schools are not in session.

§ 157-7 Duties of parents; exceptions.

A. 
No parent, as defined in § 157-2 of this chapter, of any child under the age of 18 years shall permit such child to remain in or upon any public place or establishment after the hour of 10:00 p.m. on each and every Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday until 6:00 a.m. of the following morning or after the hour of 11:00 p.m. on each and every Friday or Saturday until 6:00 a.m. of the following morning, unless accompanied by such parent.
B. 
No parent, as defined in § 157-2 of this chapter, of any child over the age of five years and under the age of 18 years shall permit such child to remain in or upon any public place or establishment outside any school grounds between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. every Monday through Friday while school is in session during the school year.

§ 157-8 Duties of operators of establishments.

A. 
No operator, as defined in § 157-2 of this chapter, or his agents or employees shall knowingly permit any child under the age of 18 years to remain upon the premises of his establishment after the hour of 10:00 p.m. each and every Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday until 6:00 a.m. of the following morning or after the hour of 11:00 p.m. on each and every Friday or Saturday until 6:00 a.m. of the following morning, unless accompanied by the parent, as defined in § 157-2 of this chapter.
B. 
No operator, as defined in § 157-2 of this chapter, or his agents or employees shall knowingly permit any child over the age of five years and under the age of 18 to remain upon the premises of his establishment between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. every Monday through Friday while school is in session during the school year.

§ 157-9 Violations and penalties.

Any parent or operator, as such terms are defined in § 157-2 of this chapter, who violates any provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be punished by a fine not exceeding $1,000 or community service not exceeding 100 hours, or a combination thereof.