ACLU suing Wanaque for curfew ordinance

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is suing Wanaque over its curfew ordinance, which says anyone under the age of 18 must be off the

Violating the curfew could cost $100 and possibly

Violating the curfew could cost $100 and possibly 15 hours of community service.

WANAQUE - The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is suing Wanaque over its curfew ordinance, which says anyone under the age of 18 must be off the streets between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., unless they are with a parent.

The suit stems from a citation issued to 17-year-old Shaina Harris, who walked from her Wanaque home to a local Burger King for a milkshake last September. She was cited on her way home for violating the borough’s curfew laws.

Violating the curfew could cost $100 and possibly 15 hours of community service.

ACLU officials say the ordinance violates the constitutional rights of juveniles. They have filed an injunction to bar the borough from enforcing its curfew law. The group successfully prevented West New York from enforcing its curfew after the court ruled the ordinance unconstitutional.

The borough of Wanaque adopted the curfew in 2005 after seeing an uptick in juvenile violence and crime.

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