[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Manorhaven 1-22-1992 by L.L. No. 1-1992. Amendments noted where applicable.]
This chapter shall be known and may be cited as the "Halloween Juvenile Curfew Law."
For the purposes of this chapter, the following terms, phrases, words and their derivations shall have the meanings given herein. The word "shall" is always mandatory and not merely directory.
- EMERGENCY ERRAND
- A trip taken to perform a specific task to help to bring aid or comfort or to resolve an unexpected or sudden occurrence which immediately threatens private or public health or safety.
- Any person, other than a parent, who has legal guardianship of a minor.
- Any person under the age of 18.
- The natural or adoptive parent of a minor.
- Any individual, firm or corporation.
- PUBLIC PLACE
- Any street, alley, highway or other public thoroughfare, sidewalk, park, playground or place to which the general public has access and a right to resort for business, entertainment or other lawful purpose in the village. A "public place" shall include but not be limited to any store, shop, restaurant, tavern, cafe, drugstore, shopping center and any other place devoted to amusement or open to the general public. It shall also include the front or immediate area of the above.
- The Village of Manorhaven.
During the periods from 7:00 p.m. on October 30 through 6:00 a.m. on October 31 and from 7:00 p.m. on October 31 through 6:00 a.m. on November 1 each year, it shall be unlawful for any minor to be in any public place or on private property, other than such minor's home or usual place of abode, without the permission of the owner, within the Village of Manorhaven, either on foot or in a vehicle, between the hours of 7:00 p.m. through 6:00 a.m., except:
When accompanied by a parent or guardian;
When the minor is on an emergency errand;
When the minor is on a specific business or activity directed or permitted by his parent or guardian, in writing, identifying the minor, the specific business or activity, the location or locations of such business or activity and the time when such business or activity shall end, and signed by such parent or guardian;
When the presence of such minor is required in connection with some legitimate employment, trade, profession or occupation; or
When the minor is in a motor vehicle with the consent of his parent or guardian for intrastate or interstate travel through the village.
Any minor attending a function sponsored by a school, church, political organization or other nonprofit organization that requires such minor to be out during the curfew called for in § 78-3 of this chapter shall be exempt from the provisions of said § 78-3 while traveling directly to such function from the minor's home or usual place of abode, while attending such function and while traveling directly from such function to the minor's home or usual place of abode, provided that the school, church, political organization or other nonprofit organization shall register, in writing, in advance with the Village Clerk of the village to have the minor involved be out during said curfew. The registrant shall state the time when the function shall begin and when it shall end, and the minor who attends the function shall be required to comply with all of the provisions of this chapter before the function shall begin, when not attending the function and after the function has ended.
It shall be unlawful for any person operating or having charge of any public place to knowingly permit or suffer the presence of minors between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. during the periods specified in § 78-3 of this chapter, unless such minors are attending special functions which have been registered with the Village Clerk of the village in accordance with § 78-4 of this chapter or are otherwise permitted to be in such public place pursuant to the exceptions to the curfew set forth in § 78-3A through E of this chapter.
Any police or peace officer, upon finding a minor under the age of 16 in violation of § 78-3 of this chapter, shall ascertain the name and address of the minor and warn the minor that he or she is in violation of curfew and shall direct the minor to proceed at once to his or her home or usual place of abode. The police or peace officer shall report such action to the parents or guardian of the minor.
If such minor under the age of 16 refuses to heed the warning or direction given by any police or peace officer or refuses to give the police or peace officer his or her correct name and address or if the minor has been warned on a previous occasion that he or she was in violation of curfew, such minor shall be taken to the Nassau County Police Department's 6th Precinct, and the parent or guardian of the minor shall be notified to come and take charge of the minor.
In the prosecution of any violation of this chapter, it shall be an affirmative defense that the defendant was not a minor; had the permission of the owner to be in such public place or on such private property; was accompanied by a parent or guardian; was on an emergency errand; was on a specific business or activity directed by his or her parent or guardian, in writing, in accordance with § 78-3 of this chapter; was required to be in such public place in connection with some legitimate employment, trade, profession or occupation; was in a motor vehicle with the consent of his or her parent or guardian for intrastate or interstate travel through the village; or was traveling from his or her home or usual place of abode directly to a function previously registered with the Village Clerk of the village in accordance with § 78-4 of this chapter, was attending such function or was traveling directly to his or her home or usual place of abode from such function.
Any person violating this chapter shall be fined not more than $250 and/or sentenced to not more than 15 days for each offense.