Longboard speed demons are breaking the law (letter) | SummitDaily.com

Longboard speed demons are breaking the law (letter)

I was dismayed at the one-sidedness of your article about longboarders. Your editorial position, and views of your writer, are to celebrate taking extreme personal risks, embracing lawlessness and disregarding the personal safety of others. I strongly disagree with this philosophy.

The rules and regulations in Summit County are clear about the proper use of our recreation paths: Resolution No. 2004-43, May 10, 2004, Summit County Commission. The behavior your paper has documented violates these regulations, which were adopted by the County Commissioners “to better protect the health, safety and welfare of the citizens of and visitors to Summit County, Colorado.”

The activities of the longboarders surely must be familiar to Summit County officials entrusted with enforcing the rules and regulations. Your article raises the question of whether our commissioners are honoring the oath they took upon assuming office.

Your article also raises the question — in the absence of any enforcement of these rules and regulations — of why no effort is being made to at least inform locals and visitors that the rules are not being followed by the longboarders in Ten Mile Canyon and probably elsewhere — thus exposing others to risk of personal harm and serious injury. If the dangers on the Ten Mile Recreation Path are advertised, those considering the pathway can at least decide for themselves if the risks are worth it, or that other locations, in or outside of Summit County, can provide more safety in a recreation vacation.

Let’s put the “health, safety, and welfare” of our citizens and visitors ahead of the “You Gotta Scare Yourself” longboarder enthusiasts. Longboarders, and all other users, should follow the rules and regulations on Summit County Recreation Paths regarding right-of-way, speed limits, careless use, stopping, etc.

Alton Penz


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