Skateboarders who break rules would have boards confiscated
Skateboarders caught bombing down Laguna Beach hills or maneuvering city streets without wearing a helmet will have their boards temporarily confiscated under the terms of a proposed ordinance.
The City Council on Tuesday set the wheels in motion to grant police the authority to do so.
"It's nuts for these kids to be playing in the street without helmets," said Councilwoman Elizabeth Pearson. "And I saw them yesterday going down Temple Hills Drive. It's crazy."
The catch is skateboarders without helmets must be caught in the act.
Skateboarders who flout city regulations are reported to police, but by the time the officers arrive, illegal activities have ceased, according to Police Chief Paul Workman.
"The kids are all just standing around at the bottom of the hill," Workman said on Wednesday. "And if they are just standing there holding a skateboard, we wouldn't enforce the proposed ordinance. We can't enforce unless we actually see a violation."We have two civilian officers chasing kids around the hills, but even they have trouble spotting violations like bombing down the hills."
Of the 82 citations issued by police since Feb. 1, 60 were for not wearing a helmet, Workman reported.
Photo: A skateborder in Laguna Beach. Credit: Don Leach / Times Community News