By: Jacque Ryan, WKVI
Published: June 3rd, 2014
Summertime is right around the corner and that means longer days and shorter nights. No matter how short the nights may be, minors still have to obey curfew ordinances. State law mandates that all individuals between the ages of 15 through 17 cannot be in public unaccompanied Monday through Friday between the hours of 11 p.m and 5 a.m. On Saturdays and Sundays the curfew is set from 1 a.m. until 5 a.m. Children under the age of 15 are prohibited from being unaccompanied in public between the hours of 11 p.m until 5 a.m. any day of the week.
Some local towns have implemented their own policies expanding on the state’s curfew ordinances.
In Argos, anyone between the ages 15 through 17 cannot be in public spaces from 11 p.m. until 5 a.m. during the week and from midnight until 5 a.m on the weekends. Anyone under the age of 15 cannot be in public unaccompanied any day of the week from 11 p.m. until 5 a.m.
The Culver curfew is set from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m. during the week for individuals between the ages of 15 through 17. The weekend curfew is from midnight until 5 a.m. Anyone under the age of 15 cannot be in public places unaccompanied after 10 p.m. until 5 a.m any day of the week. Violations of the Culver ordinances can result in fines ranging from $10 to $100.
In Plymouth, residents ages 15 through 17 cannot be in public places from 11 p.m. until 5 a.m. during the week. The weekend curfew for Plymouth is from midnight until 5 a.m. Another policy is that anyone under the age of 18 is forbidden from visiting the Oakhill Cemetery from 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. Potential penalties for violations of the Plymouth ordinances include a $10 fine for a first offense and $25 for the second. A third offense will result in a citation and a $50 fine.
A few exceptions to the curfew ordinances do apply. One exception is if an individual is going to or coming from work, school or a religious event. The only other exception is if the minor is accompanied by a parent or another adult with parental approval.
For more information about your town’s curfew ordinances contact your local clerk’s office, police agency or auditor’s office.