EDITOR’S NOTE: We asked Wess Winn, community services officer and crime prevention coordinator with the Waxahachie Police Department to write a weekly column in an effort to answer many of the law enforcement-related questions posed by our readers. Here’s this week’s column.
With summer arriving earlier this year for many kids, I thought it would be good to remind parents and teenagers of the curfew ordinance the city of Waxahachie (Section 21-82) has in place.
Curfew hours begin at 11 p.m. and end at 6 a.m. the following morning on Sunday through Thursday. Curfew runs from 12:01 a.m. until 6 a.m. the following morning on Friday and Saturday.
This means persons who are under the age of 17 cannot be in any public place or be on the premises of any establishment within the city during curfew hours.
Parents or guardians of minors commit an offense if they knowingly permit, or by insufficient control allow, the minor to remain in any public place or on the premises of any establishment within the city during curfew hours.
Owners and/or operators of establishments within the city also commit an offense if they knowingly allow a minor to remain upon the premises during curfew hours.
There are some exceptions to this rule. If you are accompanied by your parent or legal guardian, or on an errand at their direction, then you are OK. The errand means you do it without any detour. If you are going to or coming home from work, without any detour or stop, or involved in an emergency, you are well within the law.
You can also be attending an official school, religious or other recreational activity supervised by adults and sponsored by the city, a civic organization, or another similar entity that takes responsibility for the minor, or going to or returning home from, without any detour or stop, an official school, religious, or other recreational activity supervised by adults and sponsored by the city, a civic organization, or another similar entity that takes responsibility for the minor.
There are a few more exceptions, but these are the most common ones we encounter. Please help us by knowing where you kids are at all times.
On a side note we need to let parents of skateboarders know that the new Ellis County Courts and Administration Building is considered downtown, which means NO skateboarding.
If you have a Police Beat question for Officer Wess Winn, he may be reached by e-mail at email@example.com or call 972-937-9940, Ext. 211. Look for your questions to be answered here in the Waxahachie Daily Light every Sunday or listen to officer Winn’s show on KBEC Radio AM 1390 at 9 a.m. every Monday.