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Ordinance #169   -  Curfew AN ORDINANCE OF THE BOROUGH OF MILLERSTOWN ESTABLISHING A CURFEW FOR MINORS SUBJECT TO CERTAIN EXCEPTIONS; PROVIDING FOR DEFINITIONS THEREFORE AND THE PURPOSES THEROF; FIXING RESPONSIBILITY UPON PARENTS AND POLICE; AND DETERMINING THE PENALTIES FOR AND THE PROCEDURES UPON VIOLATION. The Borough of Millerstown hereby ordains as follows:            Section 1. Definitions and Interpretation.  As used in this ordinance, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated, unless a different meaning clearly appears from the context:            MINOR – person under the age of eighteen (18) years.            PARENT – any natural or adoptive 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 ordinance, “parent” shall mean one or both parents.            PUBLIC PLACE – any public street, alley, sidewalk, park, playground, public building or vacant lot in Millerstown Borough.            REMAIN – to stay behind, to tarry and to stay unnecessarily upon the streets, including the congregating of groups (or of interacting minors) totaling four of more persons in which any minor involved would not be using the streets for emergencies or ordinary purposes such as mere passage going home.            In this ordinance, the singular shall include the plural, the plural shall include the singular; and the masculine shall include the feminine and the neuter.            Section 2.  Purposes.  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 Millerstown 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 incidences of juvenile criminal activity, all for the good of minors, for the furtherance of family responsibility, for the protection of the elderly and for the public good, safety and welfare.            Section 3. Curfew; Exceptions.  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 of Millerstown, or in any enclosure or vehicle which is on or in close proximity to any such public place within the Borough of Millerstown, between the hours of 10:00 o’clock P.M. and 5:00 o’clock A.M., prevailing time, on the following day.  Exceptions to the above are the following:            1.  Minor accompanied by parent, guardian, or other person having legal care or custody of such minor.            2.  Minor possessing a written statement dated that day and signed by 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 ordinance.            3.  Minor lawfully employed making it necessary to be on or in public places, as stated above and possessing a current letter certifying the same and signed by employer, parent or guardian.            4.  Minor on an emergency errand.            5.  Minor traveling to and from church, school or municipal activity with parental permission statement as in subsection 2 above.            Section 4. Parents not to Permit Violation.  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 ordinance without legal justification thereof.            Section 5. Procedure upon Violation.  Any minor found upon the streets, alleys, parks or public places within the Borough of Millerstown in violation of Section 2 shall be taken into custody by the Millerstown Borough police, Pennsylvania Sate Police, or a legally deputized individual, be delivered to his parent(s), guardian, or person having the legal custody of said minor, and be given a copy of this ordinance.  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 allow him to be on the streets, alleys, parks or public places in violation of Section 2, said
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