The University campus police at the University of California are going to begin to strictly enforce the rules concerning hover board usage on campus. These restrictions and regulations will apply to both walk ways and within buildings. This is happening after there have been numerous safety concerns mentioned and complaints made against hover board riders due to unsafe use and some not so nice encounters on wheel chair ramps.
The Spokesperson for the University of California Police Department says that the University police currently labels the hover boards as being part of the skate board category; the spokeswoman’s name is Nancy Greenstein. These rules mean that university students are not allowed to ride Hoverboards in buildings, on sidewalks or student pathways, and pretty much anywhere else on campus.
In California, Assembly Bill 604 will allow the state to classify the hover boards as “electrically motorized boards” as opposed to “motorized boards”, a distinction that will apparently make it legal for electric hover boards to be on the sidewalk in California beginning on January 1, 2016.
The governor that approved the bill did so on October 11, 2015 and his name was governor Jerry Brown. The new law which Brown approved did however say that hover board riders must be at least 16 years of age to be legally allowed to ride them. There are also other laws which the bill has put into place including that all riders must wear a helmet much like on a motorcycle. As well the manufacturers of the hover boards will be mandated to provide safety equipment that comes installed on the hover boards. Finally the manufacturers must also limit the maximum operating speed to a 20 miles per hour.
There have been many pedestrians that have filed complaints with the University of California Police Department because of so called close calls with some hover board riders. The Campus Police Department would like all students to stop using anything with wheels on campus; anything like scooters, skateboards, hover boards, and anything else of that nature. Some people have even reported that some irresponsible hover board riders ride the hover boards on handicapped wheel chair ramps, rides that have caused some very close calls.
Even though the University of California Campus Police Department has made it very clear how they feel about hover boards, the students on the other hand think that hover boards are completely safe; they are a great way to get around and are quit fun too. There are however some people who think that hover board riders need to be far more careful when riding around others.
Something that is quite odd is that the law states that bicycle riders do not need to wear a helmet and yet people who ride hover boards must wear a helmet; it really does not make sense because a bicycle can go much faster than your average hover board. This is something that Scoot Shelton, a mechanical engineering student had pointed out.
Some people simply use the hover boards to get to class faster which means they actually do serve a purpose. This is the reason why Jordan Minns, a third year history student has a Hoverboard. He parks far away from campus and uses the hover board to get to class on time; without it he wouldn’t ever be able to make it to class on time; he says that a hover board saves him a tone of time every day. He actually thinks that hover boards are even less harmful and dangerous than scooters and skateboards too. Jordan thinks hover boards are completely harmless because it’s even easier to come to a stop than with a skate board or a scooter.
These people aren’t the only people that think that the laws against hover board are absurd. Most, just like Courtney Craney who is a third year political science student says that she really doesn’t know what all of the fuss is about and that hover boards really are not dangerous in any way. She actually says that the University of California Campus Police Department should be more concerned about regulating skateboards because they are far more dangerous.
On the other hand, there are many people who think that the hover boards are quite dangerous. One first year chemistry student named Hunter De La Vara said that he has seen much irresponsible behavior such as people riding their hover boards while chatting or texting away on their phone, all the while not paying attention to where they are going. He is really concerned about this because people could get seriously injured when they are riding hover boards but not paying attention because they are on their phones it could cause some big accidents he says.
Thankfully for the students the University of California Police Department has been offering classes that teach how to ride scooters, skateboards, and bicycles safely around campus. This curriculum is now under consideration in order to add hover boards to the mix.
With the new laws being passed which will make it legal to ride hover boards on the sidewalk will make it far more difficult for the university to enforce its ban on the hover boards. This is why it’s probably wise for the UCPD to teach classes on how to ride the hover boards safely because they definitely aren’t going away any time soon.