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Korean Skaters Challenge Pedestrian Tag
Date Posted: September 27, 2003
An association of inline skaters in Korea is challenging a
law that considers them to be pedestrians, and forbids them
from skating on the main roads.
has more thand 5 million members, and there it argues
that inline skating should no longer be considered only
a recreational sport, but should instead be considered
a type of public transportion. Skaters say their sport
is and healthy and environmentally friendly mode of transportation
for travel to work and running errands.
Police authorities say they decided to designate
inline skaters as pedestrians under the Road Traffic Act to
prevent accidents. Police say a growing number of people
are skating on main roads and freeways late at night and
they feel this is a dangerous activity because cars have
reported almost hitting skaters they did not see at night.
As pedestrians, inline skaters are required to abide by
the regulations and provisions of Clause 8 of the South Korean Road
Traffic Act, which confines pedestrians to the sidewalk at
all times except when they are crossing the road.
Inline skaters say this is not a reasonable law, because
it is more dangerous for skaters to be limited to the sidewalk
where they will be mixed in with crowds of pedestrians.
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