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Lawmakers To Vote On Speed Limits For OC Skateboarders

LAGUNA BEACH (CBS) — The Laguna Beach City Council is taking aim at downhill daredevils.

Lawmakers on Tuesday will vote on a proposed speed limit to curb skateboarders in a town where many say the sport was born.

Laguna Beach is the latest California city to consider severe restrictions on high-speed skateboarding what the kids sometimes call "bombing hills" after other coastal towns like Newport Beach and Malibu enacted similar measures.

The practice involves primarily teenage boarders barreling downhill at speeds of upwards of 60 miles per hour, sometimes as neighboring cars take the windy turns at much more conservative speeds.

KNX 1070's Mike Landa reports the dangers of the sport and any resulting laws may not be enough to slow down most local enthusiasts.


Eight canyon roads are likely to be off-limits to skaters after Tuesday's vote, while several others could stay open on a six-month trial basis.

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