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California Decriminalizes Jaywalking

Law was created in response to unfair policing practices

(Newser) - As of Jan. 1, jaywalking will no longer be a crime in California—for the most part—thanks to the Freedom to Walk Act, which was signed into law by Gov. Gavin Newsom last week. CNN cites a press release that reads, "the law stipulates that pedestrians can only...

Jaywalk Here, and Prepare to Be Publicly Shamed

China street screens broadcast not just photos but the person's ID, home address

(Newser) - Jaywalkers take heed: If you do it in parts of China, you could be in for the shaming of your life. Authorities have installed a new device called the "Electronic Police" at intersections in cities in four provinces. Not only does it detect when people are jaywalking, but it...

Guy Hit by Car Gets Ticket for Jaywalking

Police say he was drinking, entered roadway

(Newser) - A 50-year-old New Jersey man was hit by a car Saturday, but, apparently not feeling he had already been punished enough, police ended up ticketing him for jaywalking. The man was found lying in the road Saturday night as police investigated a small brushfire nearby; he had apparently been struck...

To Get Kids Across Street, Vegas Deploys ... Leprechaun

City has seen rate of pedestrians killed in crosswalks spike

(Newser) - Las Vegas officials worried about the safety of pedestrians crossing the street did what any municipality might: They stuck a cop dressed as a leprechaun on a street corner by a school for a day, reports 8 News Now . It's actually a lighthearted approach to a pretty serious problem:...

New Jersey Town's Cops Ticket Texting Pedestrians

'Dangerous walkers' fined $85 in Fort Lee

(Newser) - Take your fingers off your cell phone, and nobody gets hurt. That could be a warning from one New Jersey town's cops, who are handing out $85 jaywalking tickets to pedestrians who text while they walk—117 so far. "It’s a big distraction. Pedestrians aren’t watching...

Mom Is Spared Jail in Son's Jaywalking Death

She faced 3 years after her young child was killed by car

(Newser) - A woman who was arrested after her 4-year-old son was struck and killed by a van as they were jaywalking across a busy street was spared a prison sentence today following an outcry over her arrest. Raquel Nelson, 30, was convicted by a jury earlier this month of vehicular homicide...

Girl in Coma Gets Jaywalking Ticket

Takara Davis' mom handed citation as daughter rushed to surgery

(Newser) - Getting hit by a car apparently isn't punishment enough for jaywalking in Las Vegas. After 13-year-old Takara Davis was struck by a car while walking home from school earlier this week, police handed her mother a jaywalking citation as her daughter was being rushed to emergency surgery. The 8th-grader remains...

Cop Caught Punching a Girl in the Face

Department promises to review training procedures

(Newser) - Seattle police are investigating two teenagers for allegedly assaulting an officer—even though a much-publicized video has surfaced in which said officer punches one of them, 17-year-old Angel Rosenthal, in the face. The incident, caught on the tape above, happened after officer Ian Walsh stopped Rosenthal and three other women...

Injured Good Samaritan Gets Traffic Ticket for His Efforts

Man who saved others cited for jaywalking

(Newser) - A good Samaritan who pushed three people out of the path of a pickup truck before being struck and injured has gotten a strange reward for his good deed: a jaywalking ticket. A Denver bus driver was helping two elderly women cross a busy street in a snowstorm when he...

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