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Police Commissioner Reminds the Public of the Curfew Laws

December 16, 2010
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Police Commissioner Novelle E. Francis Jr. reminds parents, guardians and minors that Curfew Laws will be stringently enforced during the holiday season. The law is an effective method to safeguard minors against accidents and criminal activities, the Commissioner said.


VI Curfew laws state minors under the age of 16 must be off the streets or highways before 10 p.m. unless accompanied by an adult legally responsible for the child’s behavior. Unsupervised minors can be taken into custody by the police and held until they are released to their parents or guardians.


Youth over the age of 16 can be on the streets after 10 p.m. but must be at least 18 to enter any establishment that serves alcohol. These establishments are required by law to ask for the identification that shows proof of age from anyone who look younger than 30-year-old. An establishment that serves alcohol to minors can face criminal charges.


The Curfew law helps ensure the safety of youth and reminds parents to be more responsible and aware of their children’s behavior and whereabouts. Minors who violate curfew can be required to perform community service. And a parent or legal guardian can have charges filed against them if a minor continues to violate the law.


So remember, especially during the holiday season, the curfew laws are for the community’s protection. Following these guidelines will help families have a safer, more joyous holiday season.




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