Village Of Sackets Harbor
 Laws 

2011 - No. 2 - Skateboard, Rollerskate & In-line Skate Safety Law

2 of 2011
July 15, 2011
July 12, 2011
Overview:

Regulating the Use of Skateboards, In-Line Skates and Roller Skates

Adopted by the Village Board, Village of Sackets Harbor

Law #2 of 2011


 

  1. Legislative findings

It is in the public interest and a matter of public safety to provide for the safe, orderly and regular flow of pedestrian and vehicular traffic on public thoroughfares and to otherwise regulate the use of skateboards, in-line skates and roller skates in the Village of Sackets Harbor, so as to promote the health and welfare of the citizens of the Village, in particular young children using these devices on sidewalks and public roads.

 

  1. Definitions

As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:

IN-LINE SKATES

Shoes, skates or footwear with a single row of roller wheels and commonly referred to as "roller blades."

ROLLER SKATES

Shoes, skates or footwear with two or more rows of roller wheels.

SKATEBOARD

A narrow board f wood, plastic, fiberglass or similar material with roller skate or other type of wheels attached to each end and used for gliding or moving on any hard surfaces, without a mechanism or other device for steering while being used, operated or ridden.

 

  1. Prohibited locations

It shall be unlawful to operate skateboards, in-line skates or roller skates within the Village of Sackets Harbor at any of the following locations:

 

Street

Side

Location

W. Main Street

Both Sides

From Broad St. to Hill Street

Bayard Street

Both Sides

From W. Main to W. Washington Street

Ray Street

Both Sides

From W. Main to W. Washington Street

Hill Street

Both Sides

From W. Main to W. Washington Street

E. Main Street

Both Sides

From Village line to Woolsey Street

Sackets Harbor Central School

 

Entire Property

Village Municipal Buildings and adjacent paved parking and driving areas

 

Entire Property

 

 

 

  1. Unlawful activities

No person shall use or operate a skateboard, in-line skates or roller skates upon any permitted public streets (including the entire paved and improved surfaces thereof, including gutter areas, from curb to curb, where curbs exist) sidewalks or on any public lands within the Village of Sackets Harbor: 

a.         in a careless manner or without due caution; 

b.         while endangering or in any manner to create a risk or danger to any person or property; 

c.         in any manner which impedes or interferes with pedestrian or vehicular traffic.  Persons operating a skateboard, in-line skates or roller skates shall yield the right-of-way to pedestrians and vehicular traffic; 

d.         in violation of any provisions of Article 34 of the Vehicle and Traffic Law of the State of New York (Helmet Law); or

e.         after 9 o’clock p.m. or prior to ˝ hour before sunrise.

 

  1. Required precautions

a.         Every person operating a skateboard, in-line skates or roller skates shall operate the same in strict observance of Article 34 of the New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law relating to the operation of bicycle and play vehicles, except as to those provisions which by their nature can have no application.

b.         The operator of a skateboard, in-line skates or roller skates emerging from any alley, driveway or building shall, upon approaching a sidewalk, yield the right-of-way to all pedestrians on said sidewalk and any motor vehicles operating in the vicinity of the sidewalk.

c.         Whenever any person shall operate a skateboard, in-line skates or roller skates upon a sidewalk, such person shall yield the right-of-way to any pedestrian and shall give an appropriate audible signal before overtaking and passing such pedestrian.

d.         No person shall operate a skateboard, in-line skates or roller skates after sunset unless he or she is wearing reflective clothing, which shall be visible from a distance of not less than 300 feet from the front, side and rear when directly in front of the lawful beams of headlights on a motor vehicle. "Reflective clothing" shall be defined, for the purposes of this chapter, as any shirt, vest or jacket or any other readily visible piece of apparel equipped with a reflective surface.

 

  1. Penalties for offenses

Any parent, custodian or guardian who permits a person under 16 years of age to violate any provision of this chapter and any person 16 years of age or older who violates any provision of this chapter shall each be guilty of a violation and, upon conviction thereof, shall be subject to a fine not to exceed $50 for the first offense and not more than $100 for each offense thereafter, or by impounding of such person’s skateboard, in-line skates or roller skates for a period not to exceed 90 days, or any combination thereof.

 

7.      Effective date  

This local law shall take effect immediately upon filing with the Secretary of State.