Dauphin, Canada

There is a curfew for youth in the City of Dauphin.

The bylaw has been in place since 2006.

The curfew applies to people under the age of 18.

According to the bylaw, people up to the age of 15 should not be hanging around with no place to go between the hours of 10 pm and 7 am Sunday to Thursday and from Friday to Saturday 11 pm to 7 am. For people aged 16-18, the curfew from Sunday to Thursday is midnight to 7 am and, Friday to Saturday, from 1 am to 7 am.

The loitering bylaw affects all ages and the times for that is midnight to 5 in the morning during the week and 1 in the morning to 5 in the morning on weekends.

Sharla Griffiths, Dauphin City Manager, says the council at the time thought they should put the bylaw in place for RCMP to use as a tool to make sure if people were hanging around where they shouldn’t, they wouldn’t.

The curfew penalties are all monetary. A first offence is 25 dollars, 2nd offence is 50 dollars and a third offence and all future offences are 100 dollars. For loitering the penalty can be a fine of not less than 25 dollars and not more than 200 dollars.

The RCMP member may also give out a warning to the person or group to move along, or drive the person or group to their residence.