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Keeping skateboarders safe

3:22 PM, Jul 17, 2012   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. --  16-year-old Michael Bryan is in good condition at Shands Jacksonville.
Bryan was injured in a skateboarding accident at Treaty Park in St. Johns County Friday night.
The St. Johns County Sheriff's Office told First Coast News he wasn't wearing a helmet. 
Monday, we stopped by a skate park in Arlington to find out why some skaters aren't wearing their helmets and to see how this skate park enforces safety procedures.

Steven and Juan Pineiro have been skating for about six years and say while they wear their helmets and knee pads at all times a lot of skaters don't.

The Pineiro brothers say most skaters think wearing safety equipment isn't cool.

Juan Pineiro says a few broken bones are enough to remind him how important it is to wear a helmet and knee pads.

Martin Ramos, owner of Kona Skate Park says, they supervise the kids at their skate park at all times to ensure they're following safety procedures.

However, Ramos did emphasize that there are a few skate parks around Jacksonville where the kids aren't supervised and as a result, don't follow safety procedures.

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