Curfew and Driving Laws for Minors
Wheaton has a new curfew law for teenagers. The new portion of Wheaton City Code establishes curfew for minors (any person younger than 17 years old) from 12:01 a.m. to 6 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, and from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. Sunday through Thursday nights. Certain exceptions apply, such as in an emergency. See City Code Chapter 42, Section 42-45 (a-e).
Illinois Curfew Law
Illinois Law 720 ILCS 555/1 states:
It is unlawful for a person less than 17 years of age to be present at or upon any public assembly, building, place, street or highway at the following times unless accompanied and supervised by a parent, legal guardian, or other responsible companion at least 18 years of age approved by a parent or legal guardian or unless engaged in a business or occupation which the laws of the state authorize a person less than 17 years of age to perform:
- Between 12:01 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. Saturday;
- Between 12:01 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. Sunday; and
- Between 11:00 p.m. on Sunday to Thursday, inclusive, and 6:00 a.m. on the following day.
It is unlawful for a parent, legal guardian or other person to knowingly permit a person in his or her custody or control to violate the above.
Curfew for Drivers Age 16-17
Effective January 1, 2008, drivers under age 18 may not operate a motor vehicle between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., Sunday through Thursday, and between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.
For a complete summary of Illinois drivers license laws, pleaser refer to http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/drivers/programs/gdl.html.