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Posted on: June 14, 2017

DOUGLAS POLICE DEPARTMENT ENFORCES CURFEW ORDINANCE

The City of Douglas has had a curfew ordinance in effect for many years

but many young people and their parents/guardians are not familiar with these

laws.  “It is the desire of the City of Douglas to remind some, while educating

others, the hours that young people, under the age of 18 can legally be in a

public place without being under the supervision of a parent or guardian”, says

City Manager, Terrell Jacobs.

During a regular City Commission meeting, on Monday, June 12, 2017, Jacobs briefed Mayor and Commission on the plans of the Douglas Police Department to tighten up on patrolling minors being out past curfew time.  The City urges parents, guardians, and even minors to become familiar with the local ordinance and federal Joshua’s Law.

In accordance with the Curfew for Minors Ordinance, section 62-6 and 62-7, which states:

It shall be unlawful for minors under the age of 18 years to assemble, congregate or be upon the streets or sidewalks of the city unless accompanied by a parent or guardian of such minor, after 12:00 midnight and before 6:00 a.m. This section shall not apply to such minors as may be sent to the business portion of the streets and sidewalks of the city by their parent or guardian with written authority from such parent or guardian for such occasion.  It shall be the duty of the police officers of the city, on finding any such minors as section 62-6 prohibits from being on the streets, as aforesaid, to admonish such minor to go to his home; and should the minor fail and neglect to comply with the terms of that section, the police officer shall arrest the offending minor, and after arresting, as aforesaid, immediately notify the parents or guardian of such person, that unless such parent or guardian shall come and take such person off the streets as aforesaid, the arresting officer shall then detain the minor until directions shall have been given by the city manager as to custody.

To avoid citations for failing to ensure that children are in compliance with the curfew laws, parents and guardians should do their due diligence and be accountable to the whereabouts of their child at all times or to accompany the child in public, past the curfew hours.

For complete information about the curfew ordinance, (Offenses and Miscellaneous Provisions, Sec.62), visit the City of Douglas’ website at www.CityofDouglas.com and click on Code of Ordinance, then enter “curfew” in the search window, or link directly to the Curfew Ordinance Here.

Parents and guardians should also be knowledgeable to the Teenage and Adult Driver Responsibility Act (TADRA) in conjunction of Senate Bill 226 known as “Joshua’s Law”.  These laws were put in place to ensure Georgia teens have completed required driver safety courses and that teenagers are not driving outside of the state law curfew.  For the full view of these laws, visit these links that can be found on the Georgia Department of Drivers Services website, https://dds.georgia.gov/joshuas-law-requirements and https://dds.georgia.gov/tadra

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