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Curfews have similar restrictions in cities and towns across Kansas. Typically, youths may not be outside during certain hours without the immediate supervision of an adult. This includes “loitering, wandering, strolling or playing in or on the public streets, highways, roads, alleys, parks, playground(s), public buildings, eating places or vacant lots,” according to a Kansas City News 5 article.
Curfew Hour and Age Restrictions
There is no statewide curfew law in Kansas, but most jurisdictions and cities have imposed their own curfew laws. They are usually very similar, but certain age restrictions and hours may vary slightly. One common example of curfew laws includes those of the city of Wichita. Here a curfew applies for those who are 15 years of age and younger from 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. on Sunday-Thursday, and from midnight to 6 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. Those who are 16 or 17 have a similar curfew from midnight to 6 a.m. Sunday-Thursday, and 1 a.m. to 6 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. Some jurisdictions make no distinction among different age groups, as in Kansas City, where any youth under 18 must abide by similar curfew laws for those 15 and under in Wichita. Youths in Kansas should check with local government websites for specific curfew restrictions.
If juveniles are caught in violation of curfew law, it is often parents who are subject to penalties and punishments, particularly for youths under the age of 16. Again, specific violations vary according to jurisdiction, but may include fines of up to $500 for continued offenses. If the juvenile is over 16, then there is sometimes a mandatory court appearance, and fines may be charged directly to the juvenile.
Idaho cities have adopted curfew laws that enforce restrictions on the behavior of those under age 18. These laws are implemented in cities throughout the United States in an effort to prevent juvenile crimes and prohibit minors from gathering in public establishments in the late evening until early morning hours. In 2006, the Boise Police Department reported citing 25 juveniles for curfew violations over a weekend in response to citizen complaints about increased property crimes suspected to have been caused by juvenile activity. To prevent violation of this law in Idaho, understanding the requirements may lead to compliance.
In Boise, Idaho, minors are prohibited in public establishments between midnight and 5 a.m. This applies to driving and remaining inside a parked vehicle. The exceptions are driving for work purposes, emergency issues, while in the presence of a parent or guardian or within 300 feet of the minor's residence. Parents may provide written permission and allow a minor to participate in civic, school or religious activities with adult supervision during curfew hours. Parents and establishment owners may not knowingly violate the offense. Any person found in violation may be charged a fine up to $300 and face possible imprisonment for no more than six months.
Idaho Falls, Idaho
The curfew hours are from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. every day in Idaho Falls, Idaho. The law states that minors may not remain in any public place, which includes buildings and streets, during curfew hours. The curfew does not apply to married minors, those out for employment purposes, and traveling on an interstate highway or for an emergency situation. Minors who are with a parent, have written parental permission or are involved in an officially-sponsored event with adult supervision are not in violation. Minors are allowed outside the residence but no further than the sidewalk. Violators may receive a fine of $50 for the first offense. Repeated offenders, within three years of this violation or with other offenses, may be fined up to $300.
In Chubbuck, Idaho, for minors under 16 the curfew hours are 10:30 p.m. to 5 a.m. each day. Minors older than 16 and under the age of 18 have a daily curfew from midnight to 5 a.m. The public establishments and roads are prohibited areas. Exceptions are when the minor is accompanied by a parent or guardian, has authorization from a parent or guardian to do legitimate business or errands, participates in an youth activity disclosed to the police chief or is married lawfully to a member of the military. Code violators are given a warning by the local law enforcement agency. Repeat offenders are the responsibility of the parent or guardian and may result in a petition filed in a court of competent jurisdiction regulated under the state.
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
In Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, the curfew hours are 10:30 p.m. to 5 a.m. on Sundays through Thursdays and between midnight and 5 a.m. on Fridays or Saturdays. Minors cannot be in any place that is considered open to the public, including amusement parks. Exceptions for emergency circumstances are allowed. The Coeur d'Alene code regarding exceptions is similar to Boise's city code. However, no information on allowing a minor outside the residence is mentioned. Parents or guardians of the minor offender are responsible for reclaiming their child if he is under police custody. Violations of the code for the parent or minor are a misdemeanor.