L.A. City Council seeks speed limit for skateboarders

L.A. City Council seeks speed limit for skateboarders

POSTED: Friday, May 4, 2012 - 12:00am

UPDATED: Friday, May 4, 2012 - 12:04am

Los Angeles officials are seeking rules to make skateboarding safer, including putting a speed limit on riders and penalizing them for violating traffic rules.

The City Council voted Wednesday to ask City Attorney Carmen Trutanich to draft an ordinance that would keep skateboarders from exceeding 25 miles per hour.

The ordinance would be designed to prevent skateboard "bombing," a practice in which riders race down hills at high speeds and ignore traffic laws.

It would treat skateboarders the same as bicyclists, demanding that riders yield to vehicles and pedestrians and stop at stop signs.

The motion was introduced by Councilman Joe Buscaino.

Concern over skateboard bombing has increased since two teenagers in San Pedro have died skateboarding in the past six months.

15-year-old Caleb Simpson died skateboarding in San Pedro in January.

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