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Published on Jun 23, 2010
Tag Line - Use your Mind with Police
Sometimes when we skate the police love to show up. Here's a few basic guidelines to help avoid harassment and even worse, $$$$ for unnecessary Tickets .
The first thing the police look for is helmets and safety protection. The more protection your are wearing, the more respect you will get from them when they approach you. Always remember that cops are people too so if you use reason with them over mouthing off, there is a lot less likelihood of them getting nasty and pulling out that ticket book. Having the police department on their bad side is most definitely a step in the wrong direction. You can be guaranteed that they word will spread very quickly the more difficult you make it for them to move on, they are the larger gang in the world.
Use your common sense when approached by law enforcement because 9 times out of 10, they can be reasoned with just like anyone else. Avoid getting negative and always use the community approach that you're not out to destroy public property. For the past 30 years, Law Enforcement has been showing up to business property owners with complaints that their property is being destroyed. It's very important that we point out that longboarding is in no way, shape or form like street skating in reference to skating obstacles. Although styles of downhill skateboarding are becoming more and more like freestyle street skating, they don't need to know this. The bottom-line is that until longboarders are doing 360 switch heel flip crooky grinds, we need to create awareness and respect for the communities in which we ride by education on what we do.
Longboarding is growing at exponential rates thus protecting our awesome culture is top priority. Use the knowledge you have to educate police that we also use our boards as a means of transportation, just like cyclists. When they pull the card, "cyclists are different", don't argue with them. Stating your case on the spot is the worse thing you can do. We are no different than the cyclists when using our boards to get from point A to point B. But when a police officer is challenged in front of his partner and worse, in front of 10 other kids, you're quick to burn that respect bridge in an instant. Although this topic deserves far greater detail, the last suggestion is to use safety vest for spotters, use discreet spots and look for Dead End Roads or 1-way roads. Although these are not always easy tasks, when you find these gems, you'll have hours upon hours of uninterrupted rad skating with friends.
To Be Continued Suggestions by the Crew at Skate Slate --