[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Ambridge 4-20-1992 by Ord. No. 1093. Amendments noted where applicable.]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated, unless a different meaning clearly appears from the context:
- Person under the age of 18 years.
- Any parent of a minor, as herein defined, or a guardian or
any adult person responsible for the care and custody of a minor.
When used in this chapter, "parent" shall mean one or both parents.[Amended 11-13-2018 by Ord. No. 1309]
- PUBLIC PLACE
- Any public street, alley, sidewalk, park, playground, public building or vacant lot in the Borough of Ambridge.
- To stay behind, to tarry and to stay unnecessarily upon the streets, including the congregating of groups (or of interacting minors) totaling four or more persons, in which any minor involved would not be using the streets for emergencies or ordinary purposes such as mere passage of going home.
In this chapter, the singular shall include the plural, the plural shall include the singular, and the masculine shall include the feminine and the neuter.
This is a curfew ordinance prescribing, in accordance with prevailing community standards, regulations for the conduct of minors on streets at night, for the protection of younger children in the Borough from each other and from other persons on the streets during nighttime hours, for the enforcement of parental control and responsibility for their children, for the protection of the public from nocturnal mischief by minors and for the reduction of the incident of juvenile criminal activity, all for the good of minors, for the furtherance of family responsibility and for the public good, safety and welfare.
[Amended 11-13-2018 by Ord. No. 1309]
It shall be unlawful for any minor to be or remain in or upon any public highway, park or other public place within the Borough or in any enclosure or vehicle which is on or in close proximity to such public place within the Borough between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. on the following day. Exceptions to the above are the following:
Minor accompanied by parent, guardian or other person having legal care or custody of such minor.
Minor possessing a written statement dated that day and signed by a parent, guardian or other person having the legal care or custody of such minor, which statement specifies the time, place, purpose and necessity of the minor being in a public place contrary to this chapter.
Minor lawfully employed making it necessary to be on or in highways, streets, parks, etc., as stated above and possessing a current letter certifying the same and signed by employer, parent or guardian.
Minor on an emergency errand.
It is hereby made unlawful for any parent, guardian or the person having the legal care or custody of a minor to allow or permit such minor to violate any of the provisions of this chapter without legal justification therefor.
[Amended 11-13-2018 by Ord. No. 1309]
Any minor found upon the streets, alleys, parks or public places within the Borough in violation of § 120-3 shall be taken into custody by the Borough of Ambridge Police, and be delivered to his parent(s), guardian or person having the legal custody of said minor, and be given a copy of this chapter. A report shall be filed and kept in a book for that specific purpose. If said parent, guardian or person having the legal custody of said minor shall again allow him to be on the streets, alleys, parks or public places in violation of § 120-3, said parent, guardian or person having the legal custody of said minor so offending shall, upon the second offense, be called along with the offender and be so advised once again as to the penalty provisions contained in this chapter. Upon the third violation, said parent, guardian or person will be cited for the violation.
Any minor who shall violate this chapter more than three times may, at the discretion of the proper Borough officials, be reported to a society or organization the purpose of which is to take charge of incorrigibles and delinquents, and proceedings shall then be taken in the proper court for the permanent welfare of such minor, and a like procedure may be taken in cases where the arrest of the parent is not effective, or where for any other reason the provisions of § 120-3 of this chapter cannot be made effective by the imposition of fines and penalties.
The police officers of the Borough of Ambridge, in taking minors into custody, shall use their discretion in determining age and, in doubtful cases, may require positive proof of age. Until such proof is furnished, the officer's judgment shall prevail.
Any person, firm or corporation who shall violate any provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $1,000 plus costs and, in default of payment of said fine and costs, to a term of imprisonment not to exceed 30 days. Each day that a violation of this chapter continues or each section of this chapter which shall be found to have been violated shall constitute a separate offense.