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Albany enforces curfew during Spring Break

Albany Police warn they will be strictly enforcing the city's curfew. Albany Police warn they will be strictly enforcing the city's curfew.
Phyllis Walters Phyllis Walters
ALBANY, GA (WALB) - This is spring break week for Dougherty County Schools, and Albany Police warn they will be strictly enforcing the city's curfew.

People under the age of 18 years old cannot be out past 11:00 at night from Sunday through Thursday, unless they are with a parent or guardian. The curfew extends to midnight on Friday and Saturday. Police warn parents they can be held responsible if their child breaks curfew.

"Officers will be enforcing those rules too, in reference to what time you need to be inside. And if they are not inside then they need to have an adult with them. Because an adult can be charged along with the child," said APD Corporal Phyllis Walters.

Here is what the Albany city ordinance says:

Sections:

7.44.100 Age requirement.
7.44.110 Responsibility of guardian or parent.
7.44.120 Custody of minor until guardian or parent arrives.
7.44.130 Refusal of guardian or parent to take custody.
7.44.100 Age requirement.

It is unlawful for any child under the age of 18 years to be on or remain upon any street, alley, park or other public place within the City between the hours specified hereafter unless the child is accompanied by a parent, guardian, a person who is to have legal custody or control of the child, or other proper companion of the age of 21 years or more, specifically chosen by the parent, guardian or legal custodian of the child, to escort the child on the occasion in question, or unless such child is then engaged in going to or from employment, night school, or school activities which make it necessary to be in or upon such street, alley, park or other public place during the nighttime between such specified hours. (Ord. 3228 § 1, 1965; Ord. 1555 § 1, 1943).

7.44.110 Responsibility of guardian or parent.

It is unlawful for any parent, legal guardian, or any other adult having the legal care and custody of any minor person under the age of 18 years, to allow or permit any such person to go upon or be upon any street, alley, park or any public place between 10:30 p.m. on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, and 5:30 a.m. of the following morning, and between midnight on Friday and Saturday and 5:30 a.m. of the following morning, unless accompanied by a parent or legal guardian or any other person lawfully and properly accompanying such minor person. (Ord. 3228 § 2, 1965; Ord. 1555 § 2, 1943).

7.44.120 Custody of minor until guardian or parent arrives.

Any police officer or any other law enforcement officer is hereby authorized and empowered by the virtue of his/her office to take charge of any person under the age of 18 years violating the provisions of this chapter, and it shall be the duty of any such officer taking charge of any such person to take such person to the police station and to thereafter notify the parent or guardian of such person immediately of the violation of the terms of this chapter, and to thereafter notify such parent or legal guardian that the person will be held in custody of the police station until said person can come to the police station to get the minor person, and the person shall be held at the police station pending the arrival of the parent or guardian. (Ord. 5026 § 1, 1993; Ord. 1555 § 3, 1943).

7.44.130 Refusal of guardian or parent to take custody.

It is unlawful and shall be considered a separate offense under this chapter for any person, guardian or any other adult person having the legal care and custody of any person under the age of 18 years to refuse to come to the police station and take the minor person, under their custody, immediately to their home, upon being so notified by the Police Department. (Ord. 1555 § 4, 1943).

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