(8-21-20) Electric skateboards and similar devices have been becoming increasingly popular in Celina this summer. However, they are not legal on City streets or sidewalks. They are a traffic hazard and present a great risk of serious physical harm to the rider in the event of a traffic crash. Also, most of them travel significantly faster than the average pedestrian and therefore also present a substantial risk of harm to pedestrians.
Complaints about these devices and the hazards they pose have been increasing recently and everyone has noticed them. Many have been seen in the streets and on sidewalks during both daytime hours and hours of darkness.
Officers had been instructed to issue warnings to riders over the past couple of weeks, however, these warnings seem to have been unheeded. Officers are now instructed to issue citations upon seeing these violations based on the following:
1.) City ORD (ordinance) 311.03 states, in short, that skateboards or similar devices shall not be used on the streets.
2.) City ORD 301.51 and ORC 4511.01(A) are identical and define what a vehicle is. These devices meet that definition. They are, however, not street legal.
3.) City ORD 331.37 prohibits vehicles on the sidewalks – which will include electric skateboards and similar devices.
Thank you for you cooperating with our efforts to keep Celina safe!
The complete ordinances are listed below and can be found online as well.
311.03 TOY VEHICLES ON STREETS.
(a) No person on roller skates or riding in or by means of any sled, toy vehicle, skateboard or similar device shall go upon any roadway except while crossing a street on a crosswalk and except on streets set aside as play streets.
(b) Whoever violates any provision of this section is guilty of a minor misdemeanor on a first offense; on a second offense within one year after the first offense, the person is guilty of a misdemeanor of the fourth degree; on each subsequent offense within one year after the first offense, the person is guilty of a misdemeanor of the third degree.
“Vehicle” means every device, including a motorized bicycle and an electric bicycle, in, upon or by which any person or property may be transported or drawn upon a street or highway, except that “vehicle” does not include any motorized wheelchair, any electric personal assistive mobility device, or any device, other than a bicycle, that is moved by human power. (ORC 4511.01(A))
331.37 DRIVING UPON SIDEWALKS, STREET LAWNS OR CURBS.
(a) No person shall drive any vehicle, other than a bicycle or an electric bicycle if the motor is not engaged, upon a sidewalk or sidewalk area except upon a permanent or duly authorized temporary driveway. (ORC 4511.711)
(b) No person shall drive a vehicle on a street lawn area or the curb of a street, except upon a permanent or duly authorized temporary driveway or when otherwise lawfully authorized.
(c) Except as otherwise provided in this subsection, whoever violates this section is guilty of a minor misdemeanor. If, within one year of the offense, the offender previously has been convicted of or pleaded guilty to one predicate motor vehicle or traffic offense, whoever violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor of the fourth degree. If, within one year of the offense, the offender previously has been convicted of two or more predicate motor vehicle or traffic offenses, whoever violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor of the third degree.
If the offender commits the offense while distracted and the distracting activity is a contributing factor to the commission of the offense, the offender is subject to the additional fine established under Section 303.991 of the Traffic Code. (ORC 4511.711)