The Brits are amused at American persnicketiness over jaywalking. Nice feature here. Nice quote from lawyer Ray Thomas a specialist in pedestrian and bicycle law:

People in law-enforcement tend to identify with a motorist’s perspective. It’s their version of being fair. The difference is that no jaywalking pedestrian ever ran down and killed a driver, and by sheer survival strategy most pedestrians don’t jaywalk in front of cars.

Big Auto going after walkers: makes sense to me that corporations would want free run of the road. I found it interesting that the UK, with no laws against jaywalking, has half the pedestrian deaths of the US. Maybe such laws are counterproductive, at least to the end of protecting the innocent.

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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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2 Responses to Jaywalking

  1. John McGrath says:

    I was once – in Seattle – threatened with arrest for “consorting with known jaywalkers.” They crossed the street, not me, but since I was talking to them. … I laughed heartily, and then even the cop laughed. But he was serious at first. No arrests/

  2. Liam says:

    Jaywalking, what on earth is that? In Boston, traffic signals are suggestions. The first place I ever visited that had a serious anti-jaywalking culture was . . . Vancouver (in 1987). At 1AM, people waiting for their pedestrian signal to cross streets bereft of automobile traffic.

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