CURFEW             

The following is the complete text of the City of East Point Curfew Ordinance.

Sec. 13-2003. Curfew - Minors.
 

It shall be unlawful for any minor sixteen (16) years of age or younger to loiter, wander, stroll or play in or upon the public streets, highways, roads, alleys, parks, playgrounds, shopping centers, or other public places, public buildings, places of amusement, eating places, vacant lots or any other place unsupervised by an adult having the lawful authority to be at such places, between the hours of 10:00 p.m. on any day and 5:00 a.m. of the following day; provided, however, that on Fridays and Saturdays, the effective hours are between 11:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. the following day. It shall be unlawful for any minor seventeen (17) years of age or younger to loiter, wander, stroll or play in or upon the public streets, highways, roads, alleys, parks, playgrounds, shopping centers, or other public grounds, public places, public buildings, places of amusement, eating places, vacant lots, or any other place unsupervised by an adult having the lawful custody and authority to be at such places, between the hours of 11:00 p.m. on any day and 5:00 a.m. the following day including Saturdays and Sundays; and provided that the following provisions of this section shall not apply in the following instances:

(a)    When a minor is accompanied by his or her parent, guardian, or other adult person having the lawful care and custody of the minor;

(b)    When the minor is upon an emergency errand directed by their parent or guardian or adult person having the lawful care and custody of such minor;

(c)    When the minor is returning directly home from a school activity, entertainment, recreational activity;

(d)    When the minor is returning directly home from lawful employment that makes it necessary to be in the above referenced places during the proscribed period of time;

(e)    When the minor is attending or traveling directly to or from an activity involving the exercise of first amendment rights of free speech, freedom of assembly or free exercise of religion;

(f)    When the minor is in a motor vehicle with parental consent for normal travel, with interstate travel through the City of East Point, excepted in all cases from the curfew.

It shall be unlawful for the parent, guardian, or other person having custody or control of any minor sixteen (16) years of age or younger to permit, or by insufficient control, to allow, such minor to be in or upon the public streets or any other places listed previously within the city between the hours of 10:00 p.m. on any day and 5:00 a.m. the following day, except in circumstances set out in subsections (a) through (f) of this section; and on Fridays and Saturdays between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. of the following day. It shall be unlawful for the parent, guardian, or other person having custody or control of any minor seventeen (17) years of age or younger to permit, or by insufficient control, to allow such minor to be in or upon the public streets or any other places listed previously within the city between the hours of 11:00 p.m. on any day including Saturdays or Sundays and 5:00 a.m. of the following day. The police department shall enact rules and operational procedures to track violations and notifications of parents. Upon the first offense of a minor in violation of section 13-2003, the parent or guardian will be given a verbal warning by a police officer. This warning shall be documented by the officer. On the second or subsequent offenses, a person shall be subject to a fine not to exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) and costs, or imprisonment in the East Point municipal jail for not more than sixty (60) days, or be subject to any one (1) punishment; subject to all limitations contained in the charter of the city. Each violation of this section shall constitute a separate offense.
(Ord. No. 1140-96, § 1, 10-21-96)