Just over a month ago we told you about a new set of ordinances in Los Angeles County that fine skateboarders up to $500 for riding that is deemed “unsafe.” Now officials in Laguna Beach, about an hour south of Los Angeles, have proposed a new ordinance that would give police the right to confiscate skateboards from skaters caught without a helmet.
Councilwoman Elizabeth Pearson had this bit of wisdom to share to the Los Angeles Times: “It’s nuts for these kids to be playing in the street without helmets!”
Police Chief Paul Workman also commented on the recent legislature for the paper: “We have two civilian officers chasing kids around the hills, but even they have trouble spotting violations like bombing down hills.”
Glad those city tax dollars are going towards stopping real crime, eh boys?
Laguna Beach is home to a maze of canyons, rolling hills, and smooth concrete, and has long been a special place for downhill skate enthusiasts. Local residents and law enforcement have been trying to put an end to the fun for a while now. In 2011 they attempted to outlaw the sport altogether, only managing to close off a few main streets and impose a 25 mph speed limit and sundown curfew. This new proposal seems to be just another step towards the inevitable. Chalk this up as another example of rich old people and young skateboarders not mixing.