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Helmet Law Takes Effect in Utah County for 'Boarders

Helmet Law Takes Effect in Utah County for 'Boarders

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PROVO, Utah (AP) -- In a new law that takes effect today, people riding skate and long boards in Utah County must wear helmets.

The county commissioners originally acted to ban skate and long boards on county trails.

That ban came in July after people complained about reckless boarders striking or scaring pedestrians.

But the county rescinded the ban in favor of a helmet law -- it also applies to bicycle riders.

Some skateboarders say the helmet law is an overreaction, too.

33-year-old lawyer Greg Hansen says a helmet isn't necessary except for fast boarding.

Others say helmets are a good idea.

And the Utah County Health Department is handing out some helmets available at no cost.

The new ordinance also says boarders cannot ride on their stomachs or backs.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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