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.