Miami Police to enforce juvenile curfew
Posted: Jun 23, 2015 8:04 PM EDTUpdated: Jun 24, 2015 9:56 AM EDT
MIAMI (WSVN) — City of Miami Police will begin enforcing a curfew for minors in public areas across Miami-Dade County beginning next Monday.
According to the city’s juvenile curfew ordinance, it will be illegal for minors to linger or meet publicly, whether in a vehicle or on foot, between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. Sunday through Thursday, and between midnight and 6 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights.
Officers may ask anyone whom they suspect of breaking the curfew to provide personal ID. Violators will be given a citation or taken home or to a holding facility. On the third offense, police may fine the minor’s parents up to $500.
There are, however, exceptions to the curfew in the following cases:
- Minors traveling home from work without stopping or on their way back to their residence
- Minors traveling to another state
- Minors traveling in an emergency or a situation that requires prompt action to prevent bodily harm or the loss of life
- Minors accompanied by an adult 21 or older or who are attending an official school or religious event
- Minors standing on the sidewalk of their own residence
- Minors returning from an event that began before 10 p.m.
- Minors who are legally married
- Minors who are homeless or living in a halfway home
Officials said the ordinance aims to prevent and deter juvenile criminal activity.