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    Question: What is curfew in YUma, Arizona?

    Answer:

    The curfew for minors (anyone under the age of 18) in Yuma, Arizona is from 10:00pm to 6:00am. There are two laws covering the curfew – the Yuma City Ordinance and the Yuma County Ordinance.

    The Yuma City Ordinance

    The Yuma City Law states that it is unlawful for a minor person under the age of 18 years to be upon the public streets or in any public place in the city between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. (Yuma Code of Ordinances §110-01). Additionally, a parent or guardian may not allow a minor to violate curfew.

     

    There are exceptions when the minors are accompanied by a parent, guardian or other adult person having the care and custody of the minor, or when the minor’s being out is required by some legitimate pursuit or occupation or by some emergency to which the minor is directly connected.

    The Yuma County Ordinance
    The second law is the Yuma County Ordinance and it is stricter than the city ordinance. (Yuma County Ordinance #96-02). The curfew for minors (anyone under the age of 18) according to the County law is from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. The state gives the county the power to establish this law under Title 11, Chapter 2, Article 4 of the Arizona Revised Statutes. (A.R.S. § 11-251). Exceptions to the Yuma County curfew are:

    • If you are accompanied by your parent or guardian
    • If you are in a motor vehicle involved in interstate travel, with permission from your parent or guardian
    • If you are at work or coming home from work
    • If you are involved in an emergency
    • If you are attending an adult-supervised social or recreational event sponsored by a school, church, civic organization or governmental entity, or coming home from the event
    • If you are exercising your first amendment rights to free speech
    • If you engaged in a reasonable, legitimate and specific business or activity with permission from your parent or guardian
    • If you are married, had been married, are emancipated or are at least 18 years old

    Both juveniles and their parents/guardians can be cited for the minor violating curfew if there is no defense (one of the exceptions). Violation of either law is a class 1 misdemeanor.


    Comments
    1 thru 5 of 7 comments    [ 1 ]  2    
    On 05/14/09
    Mom from AZ said:
    Hi! The law regarding work is:If you are at work or coming home from work ...take the time to read the information again to clarify your knowledge.
    On 02/20/09
    Desie from AZ said:
    I think that the curfew is good for some of us incase if someone gets caught up into some trouble. i knw the parents like it becauase they dont worry about when there kids are gonna be home! Some kids dont like it because you have a certain tinme to be home. but is safer for the benefit of the young ones.
    On 01/12/09
    n/a from AZ said:
    I think that in yuma we should be abole to stay out at lest in till 12:00. From 16 and older most childrin have gotin mature by the age 16 or 17 and they know that is good or bad.
    On 01/11/09
    N/A from AZ said:
    That's soooooo stupid. 10:00? Give us a break, crank it up to midnight. It gives cops a fun time, and it benefits the people who stay out late and DON'T cause any trouble. Am I right? Yeah.
    On 09/22/08
    mitche from NJ said:
    lol dude i seriouly thing people should not be soo strict about it i mean what can u do after 10:00\nuttin wrong im sure <3
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