[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Great Neck Plaza 10-4-2000 by L.L. No. 8-2000. Amendments noted where applicable.]
For the purpose of this chapter, the following definitions shall apply,
- A skateboard which also includes a vertical bar and handlebar used for steering purposes.
- A board mounted on rollerskate wheels.
It shall be prohibited for any person to operate a skateboard or scooter within the village unless such person is wearing a helmet meeting the standards established by the New York State Commissioner of Motor Vehicles for bicycle users pursuant to New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law Article 34. For purposes of this section, "wearing a helmet" means having a helmet of good fit, worn properly and fastened securely upon the head with helmet straps.
No person may operate a scooter or skateboard on a public street, highway, sidewalk, steps, parking lot or garage within the Village in a careless or reckless manner so as to endanger the safety or property of either the operator or another person.
Operators of a scooter or skateboard shall be subject to traffic safety rules, regulations and laws.
No operator of a scooter or skateboard shall, while operating the scooter or skateboard, wear earphones or head gear so as to prevent or obstruct the hearing of external noises.
Operators of a scooter or skateboard shall wear reflective strips or "day glo" safety reflectors from dusk to dawn so as to make themselves visible to vehicular traffic.
Any person who violates the provisions of this chapter shall pay a civil fine not to exceed $50. A police officer or other enforcement officer shall only issue a summons for a violation of this chapter by a person less than 16 years of age to the parent or guardian of such person if the violation by such person occurs in the presence of such person's parent or guardian and where such parent or guardian is 18 years of age or more. Such summons shall only be issued to such parent or guardian, and shall not be issued to the person less than 16 years of age.
The court may waive any civil fine for which a person who violates the provisions of § 84-2 would be liable if such person supplies the court with proof that between the date of violation and the appearance date for such violation such person purchased or rented a helmet.
The court may waive any civil fine for which a person who violates the provisions of this § 84-2 would be liable if the court finds that due to reasons of economic hardships such person was unable to purchase a helmet.
The failure of any person to comply with the provisions of this chapter shall not constitute contributory negligence or assumption of risk, and shall not in any way bar, preclude or foreclose an action for personal injury or wrongful death by or on behalf of such person, nor in any way diminish or reduce the damages recoverable in any such action.
Code Enforcement Officers of the village, as well as Nassau County police officers, shall have the authority to enforce the provisions of this chapter.