[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Hampton 12-9-1991 by Ord. No. 20-91. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The Borough of Hampton, being cognizant of the problem of juvenile delinquency and believing that it can be dealt with more effectively by regulating the hours during which minors less than 18 years of age may remain in public places and certain establishments without adult supervision and by defining more clearly certain duties and responsibilities upon those who have the custody and responsibility for the care of such minors, directs that, in the administration and enforcement of this chapter, the fundamental purpose of reducing juvenile delinquency shall be foremost.
In this chapter, the following definitions shall apply:
- AFTER HOURS
- The period of time between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 6:00
a.m. on Sunday through Saturday evenings.[Amended 7-13-1998 by Ord. No. 14-98]
- Any privately owned place of business carried on for profit, any place of amusement or entertainment to which the public is invited and any similar place.
- Any person less than 18 years of age. For the purpose of this chapter, any person shall be deemed to be 18 years of age on the date of his or her 18th birthday and not before this time.
- Any individual, firm, association, partnership or corporation owning, operating, managing or conducting any establishment. Whenever used in any clause prescribing a penalty, the word "operator" shall include the members, partners, officers and managers of any firm, association, partnership or corporation.
- A parent, a guardian or an adult person 21 years of age or over responsible, either temporarily or permanently, for the custody or care of any minor or for the control of such minor.
- PUBLIC PLACE
- Any public street, highway, road, alley, park, playground, vacant lot, public building or ground, railway station, bus terminal or similar place.
- Loiter, idle, wander, stroll, play or be.
No minors 12 years of age or older shall remain in or upon any public place or establishment in the Borough of Hampton after hours unless accompanied by a parent; unless upon an errand or other legitimate business directed by a parent, in which case the minor shall carry written identification and dated evidence of such parental direction, including a statement of the applicable date and time; or unless engaged in gainful, lawful employment after hours, in which case the minor shall carry written identification and dated evidence of such employment, including a statement of the applicable date and time. Furthermore, no minor or parent shall falsify such documents as mentioned above.
It shall be unlawful for a juvenile of any age under 18 years within the discretion of the municipality to be in any public place during the hours when the juvenile is required to be in attendance at either a public or nonpublic school unless the juvenile is accompanied by a parent or guardian or is carrying written permission from the juvenile's educational authority allowing the juvenile to be in a public place.
No parent shall knowingly permit or, by inefficient control, allow any minor under the age of 12 years to remain in or upon any public place or establishment after hours unless the parent shall accompany the minor; or unless the parent shall direct the minor, in a dated, written statement, to perform an errand or engage in other legitimate business, in which case said statement, including the applicable date and time, shall be kept in the possession of such minor; or unless such minor is engaged in gainful, lawful employment after hours, in which case said minor shall carry written identification and dated evidence of such employment, including a statement of the applicable date and time. Furthermore, no parent or minor shall falsify such documents as mentioned above.
No operator of an establishment shall knowingly permit any minor to remain upon the premises of such establishment after hours.
The Mayor and Council are hereby authorized from time to time to promulgate such rules and regulations, including the extension of hours for special occasions, as in their opinion shall be necessary or useful in the enforcement of this chapter.
Each violation of the provisions of this chapter shall constitute a separate offense.
Violation of the provisions of this chapter shall be a summary offense.
Any minor or parent convicted of violating the provisions of this chapter 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 chapter, they shall be required to perform community service together.
Any operator convicted of violating the provisions of this chapter shall be fined not exceeding $2,000, imprisonment for a period not exceeding 90 days and/or a period of community service not exceeding 90 days.
As an alternative or in addition to the penalties set forth herein is the service of a period of community service not to exceed 90 days.
[Added 4-24-1995 by Ord. No. 4-95]