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City may allow police to seize skateboards from juveniles

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POSTED October 16, 2012 7:24 p.m.

LAGUNA BEACH  (AP) — Skateboarders could find themselves without wheels unless they wear helmets under a proposed law by the City Council that comes up for a vote Tuesday night.

State law requires youngsters under 18 to wear helmets when skateboarding and the ordinance being considered would allow police to seize violators' boards, the Orange County Register ( reported.

First-time offenders would be footloose for a week and their parents would have to retrieve their boards. Repeat offenders could lose their boards for as long as a month.

The picturesque beach community has some steep, narrow streets that have proven irresistible to boarders for "bombing," or zooming downhill at high speed.

Complaints began cropping up two years ago from homeowners worried about hitting skateboarders.

Last year, the city banned skateboarding on its eight steepest hills. It also set a speed limit and safety rules for riders that barred acrobatics, skateboarding after dark and crossing over the center of the road.

Similar safety rules were passed by the Los Angeles City Council in August after two teenage riders died from accidents.

The ordinance banned bombing. It also requires skateboarders to stop at stop signs and obey posted speed limits and it prohibits skateboarders from being towed by other vehicles.

The rules followed the November 2011 death of 14-year-old Michael Borojevich and the January death of 15-year-old Caleb Simpson.


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