Township of Whitemarsh, PA
Montgomery County
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Whitemarsh 6-13-1963 by Ord. No. 165. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Peace and good order — See Ch. 83.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
ESTABLISHMENT
Any privately owned place of business carried on for a profit or any place of amusement or entertainment to which the public is invited.
MINOR
Any person under the age of 18 years.
OFFICIAL TOWNSHIP TIME
Eastern standard time or Eastern daylight saving time, depending on which is prevailing in Pennsylvania at the time of the alleged offense, as a result of the governing federal or state statute.
[Amended 6-27-1974 by Ord. No. 291]
OPERATOR
Any individual, firm, association, partnership or corporation operating, managing or conducting any establishment, and whenever used in any clause prescribing a penalty, the term "operator," as applied to associations or partnerships, shall include the members or partners thereof and, as applied to corporations, shall include officers thereof.
PARENT
Any natural parent of a minor or a guardian or any adult person, 21 years of age or over, responsible for the care and custody of a minor.
PUBLIC PLACE
Any public street, highway, road, alley, park, playground, public building or vacant lot.
REMAIN
To loiter, idle, wander, stroll or play in or upon.
A. 
It shall be unlawful for any minor to remain in or upon any public place or any establishment between the hours of 10:30 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. of the following day, official Township time, except that on Fridays and Saturdays the hours shall be from 11:59 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. of the following day.
[Amended 6-27-1974 by Ord. No. 291]
B. 
The provisions of this section shall not apply to any minor accompanied by a parent, or to a minor upon an errand or other legitimate business directed by such minor's parent, or to any minor who is engaged in gainful lawful employment during the curfew hours.
C. 
Each violation of the provisions of this section shall constitute a separate offense.
A. 
It shall be unlawful for any parent knowingly to permit any minor to remain in or upon any public place or any establishment between the hours of 10:30 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. of the following day, official Township time, except that on Fridays and Saturdays the hours shall be from 11:59 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. of the following day.
[Amended 6-27-1974 by Ord. No. 291]
B. 
The provisions of this section shall not apply to any parent who accompanies a minor, or to a parent who directs a minor upon an errand or other legitimate business, or to any parent of a minor engaged in gainful lawful employment during the curfew hours.
C. 
Each violation of the provisions of this section shall constitute a separate offense.
A. 
It shall be unlawful for any operator of any establishment or his agents or employees knowingly to permit any minor to remain upon the premises of said establishment between the hours of 10:30 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. of the following day, official Township time, except that on Fridays and Saturdays the hours shall be from 11:59 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. of the following day.
[Amended 6-27-1974 by Ord. No. 291]
B. 
Each violation of the provisions of this section shall constitute a separate offense.
[Amended 12-8-1988 by Ord. No. 565]
Any person who violates the provisions of this chapter shall be guilty of a summary offense and, upon conviction thereof, shall be sentenced to pay a fine of not less than $5 nor more than $1,000 or undergo imprisonment for not more than 10 days for each violation.
Where there are special events, programs or functions by properly organized and supervised organizations to advance legitimate recreation, character development, religious training and school activities in the building of good citizenship in young people, the Whitemarsh Township Police Department will grant special consideration in such cases upon receipt of notice thereof, and the children will be permitted to proceed directly home from the event without incident.