15-512.00 Curfew For Minors - Definitions

    For the purpose of this Section the following words shall mean:

     Custodian. Person having legal responsibility for the care or custody of a minor as the word "parent" is defined in Louisiana Code of Juvenile Procedure, Article 13(11).

     Minor. Any unmarried natural person under Seventeen (17) years of age who is not fully emancipated pursuant to [the] Louisiana Civil Code, Art. 385; "he", as used herein, also includes females under said age.

     Permit. To knowingly fail to prevent, or failure to prevent due to lack of reasonable efforts or concern, to supervise and control.

     Remain. To unnecessarily tarry, stay, loiter or be idle.

     Reasonable Errand. A minor's presence in public pursuant to his custodian's direction in order to accomplish a legitimate family function in a normal and customary fashion considering the time of day. Reasonable errand is also presumed to exist when a juvenile remains in public pursuant to his custodian's direction for purposes of the juvenile's employment in compliance with Louisiana Child Labor Laws.

     Sheriff's Department. The Department of the Sheriff of St. Tammany Parish situated in the Parish Courthouse, Covington, Louisiana, or as from time to time changed by said Sheriff. (Ord. No. 83-540, adopted 03/17/83)


15-513.00 Same - Established

    Unless accompanied by his custodian, it shall be unlawful for any minor, whether on foot or in a vehicle, to wander or to travel, loiter, stroll, play, traverse or remain in or upon any public street, road, highway, avenue, alley, park or other public place situated in the unincorporated areas of the Parish between 11:00 P.M. and 5:00 A.M. beginning Sunday through Thursday nights lasting into the next morning and between 12:01 A.M. and 5:00 A.M. Saturday and Sunday mornings or on mornings of legal holidays except as to New Year's Eve and New Year's Day on which days this restriction commences at 1:00 A.M. until 5:00 A.M. This restriction shall not apply to any minor who is engaged in an emergency mission, nor shall it apply to any minor who is in the performance of a reasonable errand. Nor shall the provisions of Sections 15-012.00 through 15-015.00 apply to any minor when said minor is in attendance or enroute to and from any officially sponsored church, school or civic event. (Ord. No. 83-540, adopted 03/17/83)


15-514.00 Same - Enforcement Procedures

    If a Police Officer reasonably believes that a minor is violating Section 15-013.00 hereof, the Officer shall warn the minor that he is in violation of the curfew and shall request the minor to give his complete name and address, and how to contact his custodian. The Officer shall then direct the minor to proceed immediately to his home or place of abode.

    If the minor fails to obey these directions, or refuses to furnish the Officer with the requested identification information, or has been subjected to a prior curfew warning during that same night, the Officer shall take such minor to the Sheriff's Department in Covington, Louisiana, or the nearest Sheriff's substation or nearest municipal (or town) Police Department headquarters, whichever is the closest to contact the minor's custodian and release said minor to his custodian. (Ord. No. 83-540, adopted 03/17/83)


15-515.00 Same - Violations; Penalties

    Any minor violating the provisions of Sections 15-013.00 or 15-014.00 shall be found to be "in need of supervision" as defined in the Louisiana Code of Juvenile Procedure Article 13(13).

    Any custodian violating the provisions of Sections 15-013.00 or 15-014.00 shall be fined not less than Fifty Dollars ($50.00) nor more than One Hundred Dollars ($100.00) for each offense. (Ord. No. 83-540, adopted 03/17/83)

SEC. 15-516.00 Reserved.

EDITORIAL NOTE: Section 15-16 entitled "Operation of motorized vehicles within Tchefuncta Club Estates Subdivision" has been moved to Chapter 13 entitled "Motor Vehicles and Traffic" and appears therein as Section 13-009.00 leaving Section 15-016.00 free in this Chapter.