LA Wants Speed Limit ... for Skateboarders

New rules could let police impound boards
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted May 3, 2012 5:00 PM CDT
LA Wants Speed Limit ... for Skateboarders
Los Angeles wants to set a speed limit on skateboarders.   (Shutterstock)

Skateboarders in Los Angeles may soon have to obey traffic regulations—including a 25mph speed limit. The city council voted unanimously to draft rules against "unsafe" skateboarding, the Los Angeles Times reports. Councilman Joe Buscaino, who launched the proceedings, said he wanted to stop skateboard "bombing," during which riders speed downhill and may swerve through traffic.

Buscaino was inspired to push the new rules after two skateboarders died in the past year, he said. He'd also like police to be able to impound kids' skateboards following citations; parents would then pick them up. A skateboard shop owner says stopping at stop signs might make sense, but the speed limit poses a problem. With no speedometer, "skateboarders can't tell exactly how fast they're going," he says. (Read more skateboarding stories.)

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