Board riders put lives at risk
LONGBOARDERS and skateboarders, who deliberately ride on the road, are putting their and others’ lives at risk, police say.
Gympie Sergeant Vic Tipman said riding on the road was “stupid, reckless” behaviour and it didn’t matter what safety precautions boarders say they took, he wasn’t convinced.
The Gympie Times captured an image of teenage skateboarders riding through a local intersection this Tuesday, during school holidays.
Sgt Tipman said police would follow up on the photo and try to identify the youths.
He said the main problem with riding boards on the road was the users couldn’t exercise the control necessary to ensure they didn’t injure themselves, others or cause a road traffic crash.
“You see them smash into the side of shops, cars and people,” he said.
Sgt Tipman said the boards routinely ended up as a missile, regardless of its operator’s expertise. He said police wouldn’t tolerate people skateboarding on the road and would prosecute when they could.
His own experiences include a near-miss with a skateboarder on his way home from Tuesday night’s Police Remembrance Day candlelight vigil.
In that case, a matter of seconds prevented him from colliding with a boarder who flew down Monkland Street, “out of nowhere”, and through a red light, when he was approaching a green light at the Mary and Monkland Street intersection.
Sgt Tipman said by the time he turned right into Monkland Street the boarder was nowhere to be found.
“The skateboarder could have struck a car and caused serious injury.”
Back in March, a helmet saved the life of a Goomboorian boy, 16, who was longboarding (the faster version of the skateboard) down Cootharaba Road at night and collided with a minibus.
Gympie longboarders posted a video of themselves on the internet riding down Cootharaba Road during the day.
The latest clip, posted two days ago shows them riding on the road and crossing double white lines, one rider even falls off his board at the end of the ride.