The City of Forney has recently adopted a curfew ordinance for minors under the age of 17 that went into effect on November 15, 2018. Those who are 17 years and older are considered adults and this ordinance does not apply to them. The effective hours for the curfew within the city limits of Forney are 12am to 6am nightly.
A minor cannot be charged with a curfew violation if one of these defenses is the reason, they are out during curfew hours:
o Minor is accompanied by parent or guardian
o Minor is on an errand at the direction of the minor’s parent or guardian, without any detour or stop
o Is in a motor vehicle involved in interstate travel
o Is engaged in an employment activity, or going to or returning home from an employment activity, without any detour or stop
o Is involved in an emergency
o Is on the sidewalk abutting the minor’s residence or abutting the residence of a next-door neighbor
o Is attending an official school, religious, or other recreational activity supervised by adults
o Is married or had been married or has disabilities of minority removed in accordance with Chapter 31 of the Family Code
o Is exercising First Amendment rights protected by the United States Constitution.
The Forney Police Department will ensure that when a minor is contacted by officers during curfew hours that the minor was not out due to one of the previous reasons listed above before issuing a curfew citation. Additionally, officers are required to contact a parent or guardian to release the minor to after the contact.
The Forney Police Department will enforce this ordinance with the safety of all minors as the primary goal. We will be tracking each contact and violation for the next year and we are required to report these results to the City Council in late October or early November 2019.