Sec. 19-39. - Emergency proclamations.
Whenever the mayor determines that a public emergency exists within the city because of war, threatened riot, fire, disease, civil disorder or threatened civil disorder, crime or other reasons necessitating the imposition of emergency curfew, the mayor shall proclaim publicly a curfew and shall proclaim the hours and days during which the curfew shall be effective. During such emergency curfew no person not authorized by the proper city and police officials shall remain upon, either on foot, bicycle, motorcycle or in a motor vehicle, any street, road, avenue, alley, park, sidewalk, public common, or any other public place in the city.
(Ord. No. 40-92, 8, 12-10-92)
Sec. 19-40. - Penalty for violation.
(a) Any person violating any of the provisions of this article shall, upon summary conviction thereof in a summary proceeding before a district justice of Luzerne County, be sentenced to pay a fine of not less than twenty-five dollars ($25.00) and not more than three hundred dollars ($300.00), and costs. In default of payment of such fines and costs, such person shall be imprisoned in the county jail for a period not exceeding ninety (90) days. Each and every day upon which any person violates or continues to violate the provisions of this article shall constitute a separate offense.
The City of Wilkes-Barre will only permit essential personnel to be on the roadways such as medical personnel for hospitals, senior citizen living facilities, emergency shelters, first responders, journalists and support staff, and essential maintenance workers for city buildings.
This curfew will be strictly enforced by the Wilkes-Barre Police Department. People subject to this exemption must carry valid photo ID or documentation from an employer that would permit them to be on the city streets after 9 p.m.
The city and the Commonwealth have declared a state of emergency and businesses should respect these declarations and local officials' instructions to keep non-essential people off of the road. High winds and heavy rains are expected starting late this afternoon and throughout Tuesday that make travel dangerous. Tree limbs and power lines are in danger of being knocked down.
"We need the entire community's support throughout Hurricane Sandy," said Mayor Thomas M. Leighton, "Businesses, workers, and residents must do whatever is in their power to help the city keep people safe and roadways clear for emergency services and other first responders to do their jobs and keep us safe in the coming days. We greatly appreciate the people's help and cooperation