It’s summertime and everyone wants to be outside, but keep in mind that curfew laws are in place throughout the state of Indiana. The state law mandates that children ages 15-17 cannot be in a public place between the hours of 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, or between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. on other days. Children under 15 are prohibited from being in public places between the hours of 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. on any day of the week.
Local towns and counties, however, have implemented their own curfew ordinances further limiting nighttime hours that underage residents can be in public places. In Plymouth, residents ages 15-17 cannot be in public places from midnight to 5 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays or from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. all other days. Those under 15 cannot be in public places from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Anyone under the age of 18 is prohibited from visiting the Oakhill Cemetery from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Possible penalties include $10 for the first violation, $25 for the second, and the third violation will result in a citation and $50 fine.
In Culver, the curfew for ages 15-17 is between 12 a.m. and 5 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays and 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. other days of the week. Those under 15 cannot be in public places between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. any day of the week. Violations include a fine between $10 and $100.
The ordinance in place for the town of Argos states that any child between the ages of 15 and 17 cannot be in a public place between midnight and 5 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, or between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. on all other days. Those 15 years old and younger cannot be in a public place between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. on any day.
Exceptions to these curfews do apply, however, such as minors accompanied by a parent or guardian or other adult with parental permission. Ordinances also allow for exceptions when going to or returning from work, school or a religious event.
For information on the curfew ordinance specific to your community, contact your local police agency, clerk’s office or auditor’s office.