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Title 478 WAC – University of Washington


Chapter 478–116 WAC: Parking and Traffic Rules of the University of Washington, Seattle

WAC 478–116–371: Nonmotorized vehicles--Skateboard violations.


(1) Skateboard use in violation of WAC 478-116-242 shall result in the following:

  (a) For the first offense, UWPD will record the name of the individual and provide a written warning against further skateboard use in violation of WAC 478-116-242. Individuals who cannot produce satisfactory identification will be given a receipt for their skateboard, which will be impounded at the UWPD station until they are able to return with the receipt and identification. There will be no impoundment fee.

  (b) For a second offense, within twenty-four months of any previous offense or warning, the skateboard will be impounded for not less than forty-eight hours and the offender shall be subject to a fine of ten dollars plus applicable impoundment fee.

  (c) For a third or subsequent offense, within twenty-four months of any previous two offenses, warnings, or combination thereof, the skateboard will be impounded for not less than thirty calendar days and the offender shall be subject to a fine of thirty dollars plus the applicable impoundment fee.

  (d) Impounded skateboards will be held by UWPD and released only during regular business hours to individuals with satisfactory identification. Payment of a ten-dollar storage fee will also be required for release, except as provided in (a) of this subsection.

(2) Skateboards impounded under this section which are unclaimed sixty consecutive days after the applicable minimum impoundment time period has elapsed will be presumed abandoned and be subject to sale at a public auction conducted by the university surplus property department.

(3) The university and its officers, agents, and employees shall not be liable for loss or damage of any kind resulting from impounding, storage, or sale of any item under this section.

(4) Impoundment or sale of any skateboard under this section shall neither substitute for, nor release any person from liability for damage to persons or property caused by use of a skateboard at the university, nor does it remove the obligation for any fines associated with the violation or other outstanding citations. Any proceeds resulting from the sale of a skateboard though the university surplus department will be credited toward the outstanding fee associated with the impoundment of that skateboard.

(5) Any person seeking to redeem a skateboard impounded under this chapter has the right to contest the validity of the impoundment, the amount of applicable fees, and shall have the skateboard released upon requesting a review provided in WAC 478-116-415, and paying any outstanding fines or impoundment fees.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 28B.10.560 and 28B.20.130. 11-13-058, § 478-116-371, filed 6/14/11, effective 8/8/11.]