Skateboarders would be required to follow the rules of the road or face a citation and possible impound under a proposal unanimously backed today by the Los Angeles City Council.
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The City Attorney’s Office was asked to draft an ordinance that would ban “skateboard bombing,” which is skateboarding in a reckless fashion downhill at excessive speeds while failing to obey traffic laws.
Introduced by Councilman Joe Buscaino, the motion would require skateboarders to stay on the right-side of the road, yield to pedestrians and vehicles, stop at stop signs and uncontrolled intersections, and maintain a speed under 25 mph.
Reckless skateboarding could be an infraction or a misdemeanor, depending on how the ordinance is written by the City Attorney’s Office. Buscaino also asked that skateboards be impounded if a participant fails to obey traffic laws.
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