Ongoing enforcement of curfew law

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(DPS) — The CNMI Department of Public Safety would like to thank parents and guardians for your help during the enforcement of the curfew law for minors throughout the three municipalities (Saipan, Tinian and Aguiguan, and Rota).

At the start of Directive 2020-05 by Gove. Ralph DLG Torres, DPS noticed a drastic drop in numbers of minors roaming through any public streets, highways, roads, alleys, parks, public buildings, places of amusement, and entertainment, restaurants, cafes and other eateries, or vacant lots and places within the three municipalities (Saipan, Tinian and Aguiguan, and Rota) during and between the hours of 7 p.m. and 6 a.m.

To date, nine minors were cited and brought back home. Police met with their parents and educated the families of the importance of the curfew law, and how we can all do our part to protect our friends, family and manamko’.

Pursuant to local curfew law, the exceptions include minors who are accompanied by their parent, guardian, or an adult, who are in the direct route driving and returning home, or who are lawfully employed during the hours specified.

Any person who violates this directive may be imprisoned for a period not to exceed 30 days, and up to 250 hours of community service.

Any minor violating the law 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.

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.

The governor’s Covid-19 Task Force and the Department of Public Safety highly advise the public to refrain from making unnecessary trips to public places. Limit public exposure to grocery store trips and food pick-ups.

Your CNMI law enforcement officers and your government care for the well-being of you and your family.

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