PATERSON, NJ - In what seems like a never ending quest to get places quicker than ever, safety precautions sometimes take a “back seat” to common sense Assemblyman Benjie Wimberly told TAPinto Paterson.
Asked for a specific example Wimberly relayed a recent drive he took down Park Avenue. “I looked over and there was a young man, maybe early twenties, riding on a motorized skateboard, not only was he not wearing a helmet, he was carrying a baby in his arms.”
“I saw disaster waiting to happen.”
Adding that the law doesn’t always move as quickly as technology, Wimberly, who originally introduced legislation that would prohibit the use of motorized skateboards, or hoverboards, by anyone under 16 years old, and require all others to wear safety gear while operating the devices, in 2018, has said that he is going to continue to advocate for the important new changes.
While those found to be violating the proposed new law, or in the case of offenders 16 years old and under, their parents, would be fined up to $25 for the first offense, and up to $100 for additional offenses, the legislation isn’t aimed at raising revenues for the state’s coffers, Wimberly assured.
“I’d be happy if the state never made a dollar off this new law,” he said. “I just want people to think twice about the potential hazards presented, the risks they are taking.”
“Let’s slow down and be safe.”