Borough of Waterford, PA
Erie County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Waterford 12-12-2005 by Ord. No. 2-2005. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Nuisances — See Ch. 169.
Parks and recreation areas — See Ch. 177.
Streets and sidewalks — See Ch. 227.
Vehicles and traffic — See Ch. 260.

§ 213-1 Definitions.

As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
MINOR
An individual under the age of 16 years.[1]
SKATEBOARD
A vehicle propelled by human power and gravity consisting of material or a portion of material formed in a thin firm sheet with wheels attached to the underside.
[1]:
Editor's Note: Added at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).

§ 213-2 Prohibited locations.

It shall be unlawful for any person to engage in skateboarding or to ride upon or propel any skateboard upon the following streets, sidewalks and areas within the Borough of Waterford:
A. 
High Street downtown area: on High Street between North Park Row and the south boundary line of the Borough of Waterford.
B. 
Within 100 yards of Gazebo Park.
C. 
Within 100 yards of the Washington Monument.
D. 
Within 100 yards of the LeBouef Museum and Judson House.

§ 213-3 Prohibited times.

It shall be unlawful for any person to engage in skateboarding or to ride upon or propel any skateboard upon any public thoroughfare, street, sidewalk and municipal lot in the Borough of Waterford:
A. 
Between sunset and sunrise on any day;
B. 
At any other time when, due to insufficient light or unfavorable atmospheric conditions, persons are not clearly discernible from a distance of 100 feet.

§ 213-4 Obedience to traffic and pedestrian regulations required.

A. 
A person engaged in skateboarding shall obey the instructions of an Ordinance Enforcer or other appropriately attired person authorized to direct, control or regulate traffic.[1]
[1]:
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
B. 
A person engaged in skateboarding shall obey traffic and pedestrian control signals as provided under Pennsylvania Motor Vehicle Code, Section 3112 (relating to traffic-control signals) and Section 3113 (relating to pedestrian control signals).[2]
[2]:
Editor's Note: See 75 Pa.C.S.A. §§ 3112 and 3113, respectively.

§ 213-5 Right-of-way to pedestrians.

A person engaged in skateboarding shall yield the right-of-way to any pedestrian and shall not overtake or pass a pedestrian while riding upon or propelling the skateboard. The operator of such skateboard shall dismount from the skateboard and shall pass or overtake the pedestrian on foot, or wait until the pedestrian passes, prior to remounting the skateboard.

§ 213-6 Right-of-way to motor vehicles.

No person engaged in skateboarding shall suddenly leave a curb, sidewalk, berm or street or any other place of safety and ride upon or propel any skateboard into or toward the path of a vehicle which is so close as to constitute a hazard. Where there are no pedalcycle lanes, persons engaged in skateboarding upon a roadway shall ride as near to the right of the roadway as practical, exercising due care when passing a standing vehicle or one proceeding in the same direction.

§ 213-7 Ramps and devices.

No person shall place a ramp, half-pipe or other structure used for skateboarding in a public thoroughfare, street, upon a sidewalk or municipal parking lot within the Borough of Waterford.

§ 213-8 Violations and penalties.

Any person who shall violate any of the provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, shall be subject to the following:
A. 
First offense. The skateboard used in violation of this chapter shall be impounded by the Borough for a period not exceeding 15 days. If the person violating the chapter is a minor, in addition to the confiscation of the skateboard as aforementioned, the Borough shall notify the parents, guardian, or other person having legal custody of said minor of the violation of this chapter and the impounding of the skateboard. In addition, said individual shall be provided with a copy of this chapter.
B. 
Second and/or subsequent offense. The skateboard of any person violating the provisions of this chapter for the second and/or subsequent time shall be impounded by the Borough for a period not exceeding 30 days and said person shall, upon conviction, be sentenced to pay a fine of $50 and costs. In the event said person is a minor, the skateboard of said minor shall be impounded by the Borough for a period not exceeding 30 days and the parent, guardian, or other person having legal custody of said minor shall, upon conviction, be sentenced to pay a fine of $50 and costs.[1]
[1]:
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).