Rep. West Introduces Dallas Swogger Act Aimed At Protecting Ohio Teens
Lawmaker works to prevent future tragedies involving skateboarding behind moving vehicles
January 24, 2018
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State Rep. Thomas E. West (D-Canton) today introduced House Bill (HB) 475, known as the Dallas Swogger Act, which would add skateboards to the list of items prohibited under Ohio law from being attached to a moving vehicle. The practice, known as “skitching,” led to the tragic death of Canton, Ohio teen Dallas Swogger in October 2017.

“No family should have to experience the loss of a loved one from this kind of senseless accident,” said Rep. West. “We have a responsibility as a community to do anything we can to prevent future tragedies like this. I am hopeful that the Dallas Swogger Act can help to play a role in that effort.”

Ohio already prohibits skitching with bicycles, coasters, roller skates, sleds or toy vehicles. The Dallas Swogger Act, whose name was assigned with the permission of the late teen’s family, would add skateboards to this list.

HB 475 is currently awaiting assignment to a committee in the House, where it will receive its initial hearings.

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