The Laguna Beach City Council on Tuesday approved the final version of the controversial skateboard confiscation law, which allows police to take away and hold skateboards of people who are caught riding without helmets.
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The law—which applies to all ages of skateboarders, not merely teenagers—will go into effect Dec. 14. However, the police department says that the regulation will not be enforced until after the first of the year so the public can become informed of the new consequences of helmetless skateboarding.
According to Laguna Beach Police Captain Jason Kravetz, the new law doesn't mean that officers will be combing the streets of the city looking to take away boards at every opportunity.
"We left it to the officer’s discretion" as to whether or not they'll confiscate the boards, Kravetz tells Patch. "The confiscation will more than likely only take place with repeat helmet offenders, or if the [person] ignores warnings and continues to do it after being told not to."
Skateboards will be held at the Laguna Beach Police Department for one week upon a first violation, and 30 days after each subsequent violation. No word if the boards will need to be read their rights, be allowed a phone call, or have access to legal representation ...
Also, persons under 18 will need to be accompanied to the police station by a parent or guardian when picking up their skateboard
The council's final vote was 4-1, with Kelly Boyd the lone holdout.
The police department will report back to the city council on the law's effectiveness sometime in mid-2013.