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October 7, 2015

This document is designed to assist parents, juveniles, or concerned citizens with any possible questions they may have on certain juvenile issues. If there is a question that is not answered here please email me at mcoughlin@villageofhinsdale.org

Included is a list of frequently asked questions, our STAAT Program, and some general juvenile issues

Frequently Asked Questions - Juvenile Matters

Q. What is the nightly curfew for teens and what is the age cut-off?
A. Our Village Ordinance for curfew is Sunday-Thursday 11pm, and Friday through Saturday it is 12am. This is for teens under the age of 17 (16 and under).

Q. What is the law or age for teens and talking or texting on their cell phones while driving?
A. In the State of Illinois, as of January 1st 2010, no one is allowed to compose any type of electronic message while driving. As far as talking on cell phones, it is prohibited for all drivers under the age of 19, except in the case of emergency where the driver is trying to reach the police station or any other emergency service. For more information on Graduated Driver License laws please visit www.cyberdriveillinois.com.

Q. What is Peer Jury?
A. Peer Jury is a Diversionary Program that is designed for first time offenders for most non-violent crimes, with some exceptions. The program is set up as an alternative to going through the court system. It is a form of Restorative Justice that tries to rebuild the trust between the offender, victim, and the community. The program is run through the Downers Grove Township and they meet on Monday nights. Instead of appearing before a judge, the offender would have to discuss the incident in front of a group of juveniles that are in his age group. If you have any further questions regarding the program or would like to sign your child up to be a juror please contact me at mcoughlin@villageofhinsdale.org.

STAAT Program
Stop Teen Alcohol Abuse Together

-STAAT is a program designed by the Hinsdale Police Department to combat under age drug and alcohol abuse

-It hopes to combine the assistance between Parents, Teens, Police Officers, and other members of the community in order to accomplish this task.

STAAT Program includes:

  • Community Service for first time alcohol local ordinance violations.

  • Notification letters to parents when alcohol use is suspected.

  • Anonymous Party tip Hotline “Stop the Party before it Starts”.

  • Zero tolerance arrests for teens found consuming or possessing alcohol by Police. First time offenders are sent through the Peer Jury Program.

  • Arrest Free Alternative if Parents Suspect Alcohol Use.

  • Police to Anonymously Check Suspected Drugs for Parents.

  • All Alcohol Offenders must attend our Alive at 25 Defensive Driving Course.

Notification letters to parents when alcohol use is suspected.

  • Officers finding vehicles parked in places and at times where alcohol use is suspected will send a letter to the registered vehicle owner advising them of the circumstances where the vehicle was parked and encouraging a parental follow-up query with the teen if necessary.

Arrest Free Alternative if Parents Suspect Alcohol or Drug Use allowing parents to notify Police if their teen comes home after consuming alcohol:

  • Officer will respond and conduct a voluntary preliminary breath test for alcohol.
  • Teen not questioned or taken into custody, appointment will be made with the teen and parent to meet with a Juvenile Officer.
  • School and newspaper are not notified of the violation.
  • No computerized arrest record.

Police to Anonymously Check Suspected Drugs for Parents

  • Parents may bring suspected materials to police department where the department will conduct an anonymous field test to identify the substance.
  • If the test is positive the parents will be advised and the substance disposed of.
  • Police will not question or attempt to identify the person bringing the substance in,or the suspected teen.

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What happens during Alive At 25 Courses?

Vehicle crashes are the #1 cause of death for people between the ages of 16 and 24. The National Safety Council, a leader in driver improvement training for more than 40 years, developed DDC-Alive at 25 to specifically target drivers in this age group.

This highly interactive 4 1/2 hour program encourages young drivers between the ages of 16 and 24 to take responsibility for their driving behavior. Skill practices and on-the-spot defensive driving techniques help change bravado to confidence.

Our DDC-Alive at 25 instructors use personal examples and even humor to get their point across. They use workbook exercises, interactive media segments, group discussions, role-playing, and short lectures to help young drivers develop convictions and strategies that will keep them safer on the road.

DDC-Alive at 25 teaches young adults that:

  • People in their age group are more likely to be hurt or killed in a vehicle crash.

  • Inexperience, distractions, and peer pressure cause unique driving hazards.

  • Speeding, alcohol, and "party drugs" greatly increase their risk of injury or death.

  • As a driver or passenger, they can greatly reduce their risk by taking control.

  • Committing to changing their driving behavior makes personal, legal and financial sense.

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Hinsdale Police Department Juvenile Division

This is a short list of the many Juvenile Programs that we run and facilitate. There are also many other programs that we currently run. We pride ourselves on doing everything we can to equip the Youth in this Community with the knowledge it takes to make safe and educated decisions in life. We also take that extra step in order to make sure they are learning from their mistakes. If you would like more information on any of these programs, other juvenile programs, or if you have any other questions/concerns please contact me at mcoughlin@villageofhinsdale.org. I would be happy to answer them!

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