La Porte Police say they're sending out a courtesy reminder of their city's curfew law, and issued this news release:
The purpose of a curfew for minors is to aid in reducing juvenile crime and to help protect young people from being victimized.
The City of La Porte has a Curfew Ordinance which limits the lateness of hour and circumstances that youth can be in a public place.
Of course, parents may set curfew times for their children to be home at an earlier time than what the ordinance provides.
The city’s curfew ordinance generally states:
Children who are 14 years of age or under are not allowed to be in a public place after 10:00 pm or before 5:00 am on any day.
Children 15, 16 and 17 years of age cannot be in a public place:
- between 12:01 am and 5:00 am on Saturday and Sunday
- after 10:00 pm Sunday thru Thursday; or
- before 5:00 am Monday thru Friday.
Exceptions to this are a child:
- who is accompanied by his/ her parent, guardian or custodian;
- who is accompanied by an adult, authorized in writing by his/ her parent, guardian or custodian, which written authorization the child shall have on his/ her person; or
Participating in, going to, or returning from:
- lawful employment
- a school sanctioned activity; or
- a religious event
Violations of the ordinance can result in the child being taken into custody, and an ordinance fine issued to the parent/ guardian/ custodian in the amount of $50.