December 18, 2013 |
A crackdown on jaywalking has stirred up a fierce debate over when you can and cannot cross the street in Los Angeles. A Downtown News story last week reported that Los Angeles police officers have been ticketing jaywalkers in the city's historic core and the financial district. Penalties range from a hefty $190 to an even heftier $250. "We're heavily enforcing pedestrian violations because they're impeding traffic and causing too many accidents and deaths," Lt. Lydia Leos told the newspaper.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 11, 1985 |
Once Horton Plaza opens in August, nobody's going to pay much attention to all those decorative pavers being installed on the nearby streets and crosswalks. But right now this street-improvement effort has emerged as the Great Downtown Obstacle to Pedestrian and Vehicular Ease--or, more bureaucratically, the GDOPVE.
January 29, 2014 |
Mayor Bill De Blasio had been in office just one day when it happened: A 53-year-old man was hit and killed by a van while crossing a Queens street in the early evening. Eight days later, it happened again, this time on Manhattan's Upper West Side. In a 24-hour period, vehicles hit three people in two separate incidents in that neighborhood. Two of the pedestrians died, including a 9-year-old boy walking with his father. So far this year, at least 12 people have died after being hit by taxis, tour buses, delivery vans, trucks, personal vehicles and even an ambulance on New York streets, prompting city officials to launch a war on what many consider a way of life here: aggressive driving and jaywalking. "It's an epidemic we're facing," said De Blasio , whose Vision Zero plan aims to eliminate traffic fatalities within 10 years. That's easier said than done in a city of more than 8 million people, where cars, bicycles, roller bladers and pedestrians battle for space on crowded streets and sidewalks, and where locals impatiently weave around visitors who stand at curbs waiting for the red hand signal to turn green.
January 15, 1992 |
After 20 years in this city, I have finally been made the butt of L.A.'s small joke on the unwary and uninitiated. Crossing an otherwise deserted street on an otherwise fine and sunny day about a week ago, I heard a siren wail somewhere behind me. Without looking, I knew my fate. I had been busted for jaywalking. So there I stood on the sidewalk, making a fig leaf with my hands, while a cop the size of a rodeo bull brought me to justice.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 23, 2003 |
A Ventura man has filed a brutality complaint with the city's Police Department, alleging he was beaten by an officer after being stopped for jaywalking. Duane Stanford, 42, was walking across Telephone Road near Jasper Avenue about 8 p.m. May 5 when he was confronted by Officer Jeff Brooks, according to Earnest Bell, Stanford's attorney. Concerned because Brooks had a baton, Stanford attempted to flee but was chased down and beaten with the baton, Bell said.
June 8, 2008
Re "9-year-old boy killed," June 5 Hit-and-run is a crime, and rightfully so, especially when injury or death results. That said, jaywalking is illegal for a reason. The laws help to protect pedestrians by giving them guidelines for dealing safely with the potential lethal weapons driving down our roads. I was taught to look both ways and cross only in crosswalks when the signal allowed. Today, many people use the streets as pedestrian walkways. They assume vehicles will see them and stop.