9 minors apprehended so far due to curfew violations

Posted on Mar 27 2020

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

At the start of Directive 2020-05 by Gov. 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 7pm until 6am.

A total of nine minors were cited and brought back home to date. Police met with their parents and educated the families onthe importance of the curfew laws, and how we can all do our part to protect friends, family and the man’amko.

Pursuant to local curfew laws, only 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 made to render up to 250 hours of community service. 

Any minor violating the provisions of this chapter may be given a citation or apprehended and may be detained, and appropriate proceedings may be instituted under and pursuant to the provisions of the juvenile court law. 

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 curfew laws shall be fined not more than $750.

The Governor’s COVID-19 Task Force and the CNMI Department of Public Safety advises the public to refrain from making unnecessary trips to public places. Limit public exposure to grocery store trips and food pick-ups. (PR)

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