Borough of Punxsutawney, PA
Jefferson County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Council of the Borough of Punxsutawney 8-12-1991 by Ord. No. 964. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Curfew — See Ch. 105.
Noise — See Ch. 165.
Skateboarding in Harmon Field and Patsy Dunmire Park — See Ch. 172.
Peace and good order — See Ch. 175.
Vehicles and traffic — See Ch. 226.
The Borough Council of the Borough of Punxsutawney hereby expressly finds that the unregulated use of skateboards, as hereafter defined, poses a serious risk to the health and safety of pedestrian and vehicular traffic within the Borough, and it is the express intention of this chapter to regulate the use of skateboards for the purpose of preserving such health and safety.
For the purpose of this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
SKATEBOARD
A single platform which is mounted on wheels, having no mechanism or other device with which to steer or control the direction of movement thereof while being used, propelled, operated or ridden.
It shall be unlawful for any person to engage in skateboarding or ride upon or propel any skateboard upon any highway, street or alley within the Borough of Punxsutawney or upon any of the sidewalks adjacent to the following highways or streets:
A. 
East and West Mahoning Streets and North Main Street from the intersection of Oakland Avenue to the intersection of State Route 436.
B. 
United States Route 119 from the intersection of Orchard Avenue to the intersection of Indiana Street.
C. 
Hampton Avenue, sometimes still referred to as “Front Street,” from the intersection of Union Street to the intersection of East Mahoning Street.
D. 
Elk Run Avenue from the intersection of Marion Avenue to the intersection of United States Route 119, also known as "Ridge Avenue."
E. 
North Gilpin Street from the intersection of West Mahoning Street to the intersection of Pine Street.
F. 
Pine Street from the intersection of North Gilpin Street to the intersection of North Findley Street.
G. 
South and North Findley Streets from the intersection of Union Street to the intersection of Clark Avenue.
H. 
South and North Jefferson Streets from the intersection of Union Street to the railroad right-of-way.
I. 
North Penn Street from the intersection of East Mahoning Street to the railroad right-of-way.
It shall also be unlawful for any person to engage in skateboarding or ride upon or propel any skateboard in or upon any public park, tennis court, public parking lot or sidewalk adjacent to any of the same, nor shall any person engage in skateboarding or ride upon or propel any skateboard upon any private parking lots within the municipal limits of the Borough of Punxsutawney without the express written permission of the owner of such private parking lot.
[1]
Editor's Note: See also Ch. 172, Parks and Recreation.
It shall be unlawful for any person to engage in skateboarding or ride upon or propel any skateboard upon any sidewalk or private parking lot within the Borough of Punxsutawney between sunset and sunrise on any day and at any other time when, due to insufficient light or unfavorable atmospheric conditions, persons are not clearly discernible from a distance of 100 feet.
All persons engaged in skateboarding or riding upon or propelling any skateboard shall obey the instructions of a police officer or other appropriately attired person authorized to direct, control or regulate traffic and shall obey all traffic and pedestrian control signals as provided in the Vehicle Code, particularly §§ 3112 (relating to traffic-control signals) and 3113 (relating to pedestrian-control signals).[2]
[1]
Editor's Note: See also Ch. 226, Vehicles and Traffic.
[2]
Editor's Note: See 75 Pa.C.S.A. §§ 3112 and 3113, respectively.
All persons engaged in skateboarding or riding upon or propelling skateboards shall yield the right-of-way to any pedestrian and shall not overtake or pass a pedestrian while engaged in skateboarding or riding upon or propelling any skateboard. The operator or rider of such skateboard shall dismount from the skateboard and shall pass or overtake the pedestrian on foot or wait until the pedestrian passes prior to remounting the skateboard.
No person engaged in skateboarding or riding upon or propelling a skateboard shall suddenly leave a curb, sidewalk, berm or street or any other place of safety and ride upon or propel any skateboard into or toward the path of a vehicle which is so close as to constitute a hazard.
[Amended 6-11-2007 by Ord. No. 1073]
No parent or guardian of any minor child shall authorize or knowingly permit such child to violate any of the provisions of this chapter. Upon the issuance of a citation for a violation of this chapter, the issuing officer shall notify, in writing, the parent or guardian of the offending minor of the issuance of the citation.
[Amended 6-11-2007 by Ord. No. 1073]
A. 
Any person who shall violate any of the provisions of this chapter as a first offense shall be guilty of a summary offense and shall, upon conviction, be sentenced to pay a fine of not less than $25 and costs.
B. 
Any person who shall violate any of the provisions of this chapter as a second offense shall, upon conviction, be sentenced to pay a fine of not less than $100 and costs. In addition, the skateboard used in the offense shall be impounded by the Punxsutawney Borough Police Department and only released upon court order.
C. 
Any person who shall violate any of the provisions of this chapter as a third or subsequent offense shall, upon conviction, pay a fine of not less than $300 nor more than $600 and costs. In addition, the skateboard used in the offense shall be confiscated by the Punxsutawney Borough Police Department and only released upon court order.
[Added 6-11-2007 by Ord. No. 1073[1]]
In the event that any provision, section, sentence, clause or part of this chapter shall be held to be invalid, such invalidity shall not affect or impair any remaining provision of the chapter, it being the intent of the Borough Council that the remaining portion or portions shall be and remain in full force and effect.
[1]
Editor's Note: This ordinance also repealed former § 204-11, Release from impound.
[Added 6-11-2007 by Ord. No. 1073]
Any provisions of any other ordinance which conflict with the provisions of this ordinance are repealed.