Police ticket for longboarding in Chicago

by Margaret Tazioli staff writer

Last Tuesday, April 14, a group of students from Moody Bible Institute were out long boarding around 11 p.m. when a police officer stopped them. According to Nick Moon, sophomore pastoral ministries major and one of the students in the group, the officer told them it was illegal to ride a skateboard on the city sidewalk. The officer said it was a “violation and ticket-able offense,” according to Moon.

According to Chicago regulations, “No person shall ride a skateboard upon any roadway or sidewalk in a business district.” Additionally, no toy vehicles (including roller skates, coasters, skateboards, etc.) are allowed on any road in the city except when crossing the street in a crosswalk. The consequent fine for violations will not be less than $25.00 and not more than $200.00, according to section 9-80-200 on toy vehicles.

However, the officer who stopped Moon failed to specify that it is only illegal to long board in the business district. Skateboards and other toy vehicles are allowed on sidewalks outside of the downtown business district.

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