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Iowa City curfew ordinance takes effect Wednesday

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) - The City of Iowa City's recently adopted curfew ordinance will go into effect on Wednesday, December 23.

The ordinance prohibits persons under designated ages from being in any public place between set hours. The ordinance defines "public place" to include stores, parking lots, parks, playgrounds, streets, alleys, and sidewalks, as well as areas to which the general public has access, such as common hallways in apartment buildings. This includes juveniles being in vehicles in parking lots of these public locations. The focus of this ordinance is to address the issue of unsupervised juveniles becoming the victim of a crime and/or becoming involved in problems during the overnight hours.

Different ages have different hours. The hours of the curfew are as follows -

• 13 or younger - between 10:00 PM and 5:00 AM

• 14 through 15 - between 11:00 PM and 5:00 AM

• 16 through 17 - between 12:00 Midnight and 5:00 AM

 

Exceptions to the ordinance include:

• The juvenile is accompanied by a parent or guardian.

• The juvenile is traveling between home and their place of employment. (one hour before or after)

• The juvenile is traveling to or from a religious, school, or political activity. (one hour before or after)

• The juvenile is traveling from one state to another through Iowa City.

• The juvenile is on an emergency errand affecting life or serious injury for a responsible adult.

 

The ordinance is punishable as a simple misdemeanor punishable by a $50 fine plus costs and state surcharge.

It is the intention of the Iowa City Police Department that until March 1, 2010 officers shall warn persons in violation of this ordinance in lieu of citing them. However, officers do have the right to issue citations in the event conditions warrant it.

Online Producer: Jason Mortvedt

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