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LA City Council curbing wild skateboarding

Aug. 8, 2012 at 2:40 AM   |   Comments

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 8 (UPI) -- The Los Angeles City Council has acted to rein in some of the most dangerous aspects of skateboarders' zooming down hills.

Under legislation approved Tuesday, the City Council said skateboarders can still partake in "bombing," but only as long as they don't break speed limits, obey traffic signs, yield to oncoming traffic and stand up straight so they can be seen, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Maximum speed through intersections will be 10 miles per hour and skateboarders also will be prohibited from being towed by motor vehicles, the newspaper said.

Though first-time offenders may get a verbal warning, those getting caught breaking the new ordinance can be fined up to $250.

Councilman Joe Buscaino pushed the ordinance after two skateboarders were killed in accidents in the past year.

Boarders can reach speeds of 40-50 mph while "bombing."

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