Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Skateboarders warned in Sun Valley

Boarders should stay off city streets

Express Staff Writer

The Sun Valley Police Department is warning skateboarders or "longboarders" to stay off city streets.

With the arrival of spring, the Police Department has received an increased number of complaints from drivers about skateboards or the longer longboards.

"Several of the drivers have reported close misses with skateboarders riding on downhill sections of city streets," states a Police Department press release. "Many of the incidents resulting in complaints have occurred after dark."

One errant boarder was recently fined $175 and had his board confiscated after he was caught hanging on to the door of a car traveling about 35 miles per hour. The driver of the car was cited also for reckless driving.

"Our main concern is the safety of the skateboarders but also for motorists who may have to put themselves in danger to avoid a collision," the press release states.

Boarders are allowed on the multi-use path system that winds through much of the town, as long as they are traveling at safe speeds, the press release states.

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