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Town Bans Skateboards From Town Streets

July 23, 1986

CLINTON, N.J. (AP) _ The Town Council has approved an ordinance prohibiting skateboarding on public streets, but the police chief says officers will use discretion in enforcing it.

If people riding skateboards operate safely, they won’t be subjected to the $50 fine approved under the ordinance, Chief Michael Wolfe said.

The ordinance, adopted Tuesday, bars skateboards, skates, sleds, tricycles and scooters from streets. It followed by a month the death of a 15-year-old boy from neighboring Clinton Township after falling from his skateboard.

Under the new law, skateboarders will be allowed in parking lots and playgrounds.

″This ordinance is pro-children, rather than anti-children in that it promotes safe skateboarding,″ said Mayor Robert Nulman.

But several young residents objected to the ordinance during a hearing Tuesday.

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