DAVIDSON – Town leaders prefer to begin a dialogue with skateboarders about safety rather than restrict their behavior on roads, sidewalks and private property.
Police Chief Jeanne Miller has researched the feasibility of creating an ordinance pertaining to skateboards. She presented a draft to town commissioners Oct. 8 prohibiting skateboarders from obstructing or interfering with vehicles, bicycles or pedestrians on roads, sidewalks and private property.
The first violation of the ordinance would result in a warning. Subsequent violations result in fines of up to $30 and the loss of skateboarding privileges on roads or sidewalks for up to six months.
“I suggest that we pursue this more as a dialogue and less as a regulation,” Commissioner Connie Wesner said after listening to 15-year-old Hough High School student Michael Griffith talk about his experiences skateboarding in town.
Miller met Griffith through her research and invited the Hough High student to address the board.
Griffith told commissioners that skateboarders are concerned about safety and don’t want to impede pedestrians or drivers. He volunteered to work with staff to create a dialogue between the town and skateboarders.
“I’m fully committed to do this,” Griffith said. “I’ll do what it takes.”
Wesner and Commissioner Jim Fuller encouraged Griffith to reach out to skateboarding friends and invite them to participate in a discussion with town officials about safety issues before the end of the year.
“We’re not here to stop you,” Mayor John Woods said. “We are interested in your safety.”