City Corner column: Parents, children must abide by city's curfew law
Dec. 29, 2013 at 6:29 a.m.
Updated Dec. 30, 2013 at 6:30 a.m.
Does the city of Victoria have a juvenile curfew? If there is one, are parents legally bound to monitor their minor-aged children during curfew?
Yes to both questions. It is unlawful for unsupervised minors younger than 17 years old to be in any public place or on the premises of any commercial establishment between 12:01 a.m. and 6 a.m. Monday through Thursday and between 1 a.m. and 6 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. It is also illegal for minors to be in any public place or on the premises of a commercial establishment between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. when their school is in session. Offenders are ticketed for a misdemeanor offense, and their parents are notified. Fines for breaking curfew can reach $500. If a minor is ticketed three times in a 24-month period, he or she is subject to appropriate action by a juvenile court.
A parent of a minor commits an offense if he or she knowingly permits or by insufficient control allows a minor to remain in any public place or on the premises of any commercial establishment during curfew hours.
There is no violation if a parent is with the child during curfew hours.
For more information about the curfew, call the Victoria Police Department at 485-3700.
Are there places in Victoria where skateboarders can use their skateboards?
Yes. Skateboarders are welcome to utilize the 15,000-square-foot city-owned public skate park, 307 N. Ben Wilson St., free of charge. Unique design elements include a plaza-influenced street course and flow bowl. The skate park consists of an upper section of connecting pathways that drop 2.5 feet to a lower section with ledges, hips and manual pads. Banked ledges blending into a horseshoe transitional mini-ramp, a bridge gap and curved elements are also incorporated into the skate park's design. The bowl has four different depths of 3 feet, 4 feet, 5 feet and 6 feet and is raised 4 feet from original elevation to include skate-friendly walkways connecting the bowl to the street course.
The city also added bleacher-style seating, shade structures, a water fountain and a full lighting system to the park. The skate park is open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.
The public is reminded that using rollerskates, rollerblades and skateboards is prohibited in the following locations throughout the city:
All Victoria school district campuses;
Victoria College and University of Victoria campuses;
All hospitals, including the grounds adjacent to hospitals;
Sidewalks in downtown Victoria;
Any property that has frontage or direct access to North Navarro Street
Any church or synagogue; and
Any private school.
The skate park provides our youth with a positive, safe outlet and attracts tourists from neighboring cities, including Corpus Christi, San Antonio and Houston. For more information, visit victoriatx.org/parks/VictoriaSkatePark.asp.
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