By Wyatt Porter- Staff Writer
Many UMF students rely on skateboards to get around the town and campus. “It’s funner and faster than walking,” said Tobias Logan, a junior at UMF who, as a student living off campus, often uses a longboard to commute to class.
Farmington police officers urge skateboarding students to exercise caution and obey the law when skating around the area.
“Our concern is that we don’t want them to get hit,” said Deputy Chief Shane Cote of the Farmington Police.
The town of Farmington has ordinances on some roads where the use of skateboards, longboards, roller-blades, and kick-scooters is deemed to be too dangerous.
“We are not out to pick on skateboarders at all,” said Deputy Chief Cote. “It’s purely a safety issue for all involved.”
The ordinances include Broadway, from High Street to Front Street; Main Street, from Anson Street to Academy Street; Church Street, from High Street to Main Street; and Wilton road, from the Temple Stream Bridge to the Wilton town line. Skateboarding after dark is not permitted on any public streets.
Failure to adhere to the laws results in a written warning for the first offense, and escalates up to a $100 fine for the fifth, and subsequent offenses.
The ordinances “are mostly to protect the skateboarders themselves from getting hit by a car,” said Sergeant Michael Adcock also of the Farmington Police department.
The ordinances are enforced. Logan recalls having received a warning by an officer when skating after dark.
Skating is still permitted on campus areas such as High St. and South St. during the daytime.
Deputy Chief Cote had a message for all skateboarders on campus. “Please adhere to the ordinance, know the areas where you can and can’t skate.”
When it comes to safety, both police, and Logan advised caution. “I wear a helmet when I go down hills because I love my mom and don’t want her to worry,” said Logan.
When riding on narrow streets, it is important to be wary of traffic. “If there is a car coming, move over and let them get by,” said Cote.