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LAGUNA BEACH, California  –  Skateboarders not wearing helmets may end up walking home now that a new city ordinance allows police to confiscate their board if they are caught without one.

Last night the Laguna Beach City Council made a radical decision to approve the new law in an effort to cut down on juvenile law breakers as an alternative to fining them $25 and requiring them to complete a counseling program. State laws fine those without a helmet $280.

Under the new city law, which does not apply to bicycle riders, police could take away a skateboard from a juvenile riding without their helmet and hold it for up to a month until the minor returns with a parent to claim it back. The city has implemented strict policies in the past including requiring people of all ages who skateboard to wear a helmet in contrast to state law that only requires minors to wear them.

Laguna Beach has been a popular haven for downhill skateboard enthusiasts from elementary school students to adults. Local skateboard companies offer sponsorships to some of the best skateboarders creating an incentive for amateurs to hone their skills for a chance to be on company teams.

However, the city has already cracked down on the sport with laws in 2011 by banning the activity on eight steep roadways, imposing speed limits, prohibiting acrobatics and outlawing the practice of weaving across traffic lanes. This year complaints led to the ban extending to Skyline Drive as complaints about skateboarders continued.

“While it may not be a popular ordinance, Laguna Beach has made a decision that will hopefully save lives and cut down on serious injuries typical in the sport such as concussion, Traumatic Brain Injury and closed head injuries,” said Attorney West Seegmiller, founder of the Seegmiller Law Firm. “Indeed, last year 11 people were killed in skateboard accidents with vehicles in California and some of them were not wearing helmets.”

Skateboarding Accident Statistics

In the United States, there were 14,783 children aged 14 years and younger that were taken to emergency rooms with head injuries while engaging in skateboarding in 2009, according to the to an American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) report.

Also, skateboarding ranks fifth in the top 10 sports-related activities leading to head injuries for children ages 14 years old and younger. The top four sports leading to head injuries in these children were cycling (40,272 injuries), football (21,878 injuries), baseball and softball (18,246) and basketball (14,052 injuries).

Additionally, according to the 2011 USA Skateboarding Fatality Report conducted by Skaters for Public Skateparks, Inc. (SPS) there were 43 reported deaths of skateboarders in the United States in 2011 including 11 in California, four in Texas and three in Virginia. The study showed that only one skateboarder was killed at a skateboard park and the other 40 were in public streets including 30 involving vehicles.

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OAK HILLS, California – (San Bernardino County) Jarod Alan Maxwell, 14, of Oak Hills was killed after being struck Thursday morning by a sports utility vehicle while he was riding his skateboard on Baldy Mesa Road, according to a report by the San Bernardino County Sheriff Coroner Department.

The driver of a 2010 Chevrolet Traverse was traveling northbound in the 7800 block of Baldy Mesa Road when he struck the teenager. Paramedics responded to the skateboard accident about 6 a.m. and transported the injured teenager to Desert Valley Hospital where he later died at 7:38 a.m. the same morning.

California Highway Patrol is investigating the incident to determine exactly what happened.

The skateboard accident is one of several tragedies involving young people in the past week in Southern California.

Four days ago, Nicholas Drew Royals, 22, of Ontario was struck and killed while riding his skateboard home from work on Sept. 10, the coroner reported.  Royals was riding on the southbound side of Benson Avenue south of Moreno Street in Montclair when the driver of a teal 1995 Nissan Sentra hit Royals from behind. The driver stopped at the scene and called 911, but Royals was pronounced dead at the scene at 4:57 a.m. The driver told police he did not see the skateboarder due to his dark clothing.

Also, on Sept. 7, in Laguna Niguel, police are still trying to find the driver who struck and killed Carlos Salas, 20, of Laguna Niguel while he was riding his skateboard about 3:48 a.m., according to the Orange County Sheriff Coroner Department.

The skateboarder was struck in the street about 3:48 a.m. by a driver who dragged him roughly 25 feet and then fled the scene of the crash. The vehicle was later abandoned less than a mile away, but they have not yet found the hit and run driver.

Fatal Skateboard Accidents in the United States

There were 42 skateboard riders killed in 2011 including 30 who were struck by a vehicle or that involved a vehicle in some manner, according to the 2011 USA Skateboarding Fatality Report, a study compiled by Skaters for Public Skateparks, a non-profit skatepark advocacy organization located in Portland, Oregon.

Six of the vehicle-involved fatal crashes were in California, the state with the highest number of deaths totaling 11 in 2011.  Most of the people killed were young males ages 12 to 35 years old, only two victims were females, the report said.

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MURRIETA, California – A 16-year-old skateboarder suffered serious head injuries Friday after being struck by a driver on Jefferson Avenue at Nutmeg Street as the teenager was traveling through the intersection, according to a story reported in Southwest Riverside News Network.

Paramedics transported the injured teen to Inland Valley Medical Center for treatment of his injuries about 9 p.m., according to the article.

“Motorists should be on the alert to all types of pedestrians including skateboarders and bicyclists who generally have the right of way when crossing an intersection,” Attorney West Seegmiller said. “Drivers who do not yield the right of way may be liable for a victim’s medical care, pain and suffering and other losses.”

The skateboarder crash was reported within minutes of another pedestrian car accident that killed an elderly man on Kalmia Street and Jefferson Avenue. In that crash, the driver of a Mercedes sedan struck 77-year-old Norman J. Voorhees who died of his injuries at Inland Valley Medical Center. The driver and witnesses were questioned by police and later released.

Riverside County Car Accident Statistics

There were 203 deaths and 7,974 injuries reported due to car accidents in Riverside County in 2009, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Report.

In California, fatal traffic accidents were down 12% to 2,715 deaths in 2010 compared to 3,090 killed in 2009, according to statistics compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Additionally, national statistics show that traffic fatalities have declined in recent years across the United States, down roughly 3% to 32,885 deaths in 2010 compared to 33,883 killed in 2009.

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