SAFE IN 60

Safe in 60: Understanding juvenile curfew laws in Utah

Jun 4, 2018, 7:00 AM | Updated: Jun 5, 2018, 9:32 pm

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — Now that summer is here, your kids are probably sleeping in and staying out later at night. It’s a good time to talk with your teen about Utah’s juvenile curfew law.

The curfew laws are set in place to curb criminal activity and also to keep minors safe.

Utah law states that minors under the age of 18 cannot be out in public between the hours of midnight and 6:00 a.m.

However, city ordinances are allowed to take priority over state law, and many communities have more restrictive curfews in place.

For example, Salt Lake City mirrors the state law, but adds that those under 16 have to be in by 11:00 p.m.

A Salt Lake County ordinance is even earlier: those under 16 must be in by 10:00p.m.

Another thing to keep in mind: in many cities, the curfew times vary depending on whether it is a weekend or weeknight.

If you are cited for a curfew violation, it’s typically an infraction. You and your child may have to pay a fine or do community service.

There are exceptions to the curfew law:

  • • An emergency
  • • If accompanied by an adult
  • • Traveling to or from work
  • • Attending a religious or school function
  • • If married
  • • Exercising 1st amendment rights

Also remember that unless posted otherwise, most public parks close at 11:00 p.m., so even though you may not be violating the curfew law, you may not be allowed to be in the park late at night.

Since curfew laws vary from city to city, make sure to check your local laws. It may be listed on your city’s website, or you can call your local police department.

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

Safe in 60

FILE: Goolsby Elementary School third grader Ava Dweck (L), 9, and fourth grader Luca Conrad, 10, t...
Robin Heiden, KSL TV

Safe in 60: Keeping children safe online during new school year

Students are heading back to school across Utah, and it's a good time for parents to talk with their kids about online safety.
1 year ago
(KSL TV)...
Robin Heiden, KSL TV

How To ‘Summer Safely’ On Utah’s Roads

Historically, Memorial Day to Labor Day is considered the deadliest time on Utah roads when fatal crashes nearly double.
1 year ago
...
Robin Heiden, KSL TV

Five Poisonous Plants To Watch Out For In Utah

Every year around this time, Utah Poison Control sees an uptick in cases in which adults and children are exposed to poisonous plants or mushrooms.
1 year ago
...
Robin Heiden

How To Pick The Right Helmet For Your Child

Make sure you take time to find a good helmet — they reduce the risk of head injury by 88%.
1 year ago
...
Robin Heiden, KSL TV

Tips For Drivers, Motorcyclists To Safely Share The Road

Motorcycle riders are 28 times more likely to die in a traffic collision than occupants in passenger cars.
1 year ago
FILE (Dan Spindle/KSL TV)...
Robin Heiden, KSL TV

5 Steps To Take To Prevent A Car Burglary

Car burglary numbers climbed 12% last year, and these types of crimes are often difficult for police to solve.
1 year ago

Sponsored Articles

Hand turning a thermostat knob to increase savings by decreasing energy consumption. Composite imag...
Lighting Design

5 Lighting Tips to Save Energy and Money in Your Home

Advances in lighting technology make it easier to use smart features to cut costs. Read for tips to save energy by using different lighting strategies in your home.
Portrait of smiling practitioner with multi-ethnic senior people...
Summit Vista

How retirement communities help with healthy aging

There are many benefits that retirement communities contribute to healthy aging. Learn more about how it can enhance your life, or the life of your loved ones.
Happy diverse college or university students are having fun on their graduation day...
BYU MBA at the Marriott School of Business

How to choose what MBA program is right for you: Ask these questions before you apply!

Wondering what MBA program is right for you? Take this quiz before you apply to see if it will help you meet your goals.
Cloud storage technology with 3d rendering drawer with files in cloud...
PC Laptops

How backing up your computer can help you relieve stress

Don't wait for something bad to happen before backing up your computer. Learn how to protect your data before disaster strikes.
young woman with stickers on laptop computer...
Les Olson

7 ways print marketing materials can boost your business

Custom print marketing materials are a great way to leave an impression on clients or customers. Read for a few ideas to spread the word about your product or company.
young woman throwing clothes to organize a walk in closet...
Lighting Design

How to organize your walk-in closet | 7 easy tips to streamline your storage today

Read our tips to learn how to organize your walk-in closet for more storage space. These seven easy tips can help you get the most out of your space.
Safe in 60: Understanding juvenile curfew laws in Utah