On Saipan, 8 minors cited for violating curfew

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EIGHT minors on Saipan were cited by the Department of Public Safety for violating the curfew law, DPS spokesman Dre Pangelinan said.

The minors were not arrested, he added, but were educated about the importance of following the law.

“A warning was given to all minors, and parents were asked to aid police in ensuring the safety of their children by having them home during the curfew hours,” Pangelinan said.

The minors cited for curfew were near their homes. “Police officers took them back to their homes and spoke to their parents,” Pangelinan said.

On Tinian, the island’s Department of Public Safety Resident Director Mathew C. Masga said, “So far, everyone is complying,” when asked about the island’s enforcement of the curfew law for minors pursuant to the directive of Gov. Ralph DLG Torres.

“Police officers have discretion to talk to the minors, but if the parents don’t care they can be cited,” Masga said.

The curfew directive was issued to reduce the risks of the spread of Covid-19 and limit the rise of new infections in the CNMI.

As of press time Tuesday evening, there was no available information about the implementation of the curfew on Rota.

According to the governor’s directive, minors caught loitering through any public streets, highways, roads, alleys, parks, public buildings, places of amusement, and entertainment, restaurants, cafés and other eateries, or vacant lots and places within the three municipalities — Saipan, Tinian, and Rota — during and between the hours of 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. are subject to a penalty.

Any minor caught violating the curfew may be given a citation or apprehended and may be lawfully detained, and appropriate proceedings may be instituted under and pursuant to the provisions of the juvenile court law as set forth in 6 CMC § 5101 of the Commonwealth Code, DPS said.

“Any parent, guardian, or other adult person having the lawful custody, permanent or temporary, of any minor who suffers or permits or lets, either willfully or negligently, such minor to violate the provisions of this chapter shall be fined not more than $750,” DPS added.

Exceptions include minors who are accompanied by their parents, guardians, or adults, who are in the direct route driving and returning home, or who are lawfully employed during the hours specified.

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