3-05 Curfew for Minors

3-05.01 Regulatory Provisions

3-05.01-10 When Children May be on Streets

It shall be unlawful for any child under the age of eighteen (18) years to be in or upon any street, highway, park, alley, or other public place as set forth in the following schedule unless such child is accompanied by a parent, guardian, or other person twenty-one (21) years of age or older and authorized by the parent or by law to have the care and custody of the minor:

  • A. Sunday through Thursday, from 10:00 PM to 5:00 AM the following day; and
  • B. Friday and Saturday; from 11:00 PM to 5:00AM the following day, provided, however, that nothing contained herein shall be deemed to apply to any such child while actually engaged in traveling to and from a place of employment, school, class or religious meeting; or while on an errand of mercy or emergency; or under the direction of the child’s parent, guardian or other adult person having the immediate care, custody or control of such child; or going to and from any legally established place of recreation or amusement with the consent of a parent, guardian, or other adult person having the usual care, custody and control of said child.

3-05.01-20 Officer’s Duty

If any child is found to be in or upon any street, highway, park, alley, or other public place in violation of this chapter, any police officer is authorized to take that child into custody as provided in ORS 419C.080(https://www.oregonlaws.org/ors/419C.080), ORS 419C.085(https://www.oregonlaws.org/ors/419C.085), and ORS 419C.088(https://www.oregonlaws.org/ors/419C.088). The officer shall use due diligence to find the parent(s), guardian, or other authorized custodian, or school officials, and take, or cause the child to be taken, to the responsible adult located by the officer.

3-05.01-30 Parent’s Duty

  • A. A parent, guardian, or other authorized custodian having custody of a child has the duty to ensure the child’s compliance with this chapter, and such parent’s, guardian’s, or other authorized custodian’s failure to do so shall constitute a violation or this chapter. The parent, guardian, or other authorized custodian shall be subject to a fine under ORS 163.577(https://www.oregonlaws.org/ors/163.577).
  • B. In any prosecution under 3-05.01-30.A, it is an affirmative defense that the parent, guardian or other authorized custodian reported the child’s violation of this chapter to the appropriate authorities.

3-05.01-40 Delinquency

Whenever a police officer learns that a child has violated this chapter under circumstances which tend to render the child delinquent, the officer shall place an appropriate complaint with the Juvenile Court of Columbia County for such further proceedings as the Court deems appropriate.