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LA councilmembers question ticketing pedestrians for jaywalking

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If you enter a crosswalk when the red hand is flashing you could be fined a whopping $197 ticket.

In downtown LA, where the neighborhood is experiencing a boom of new residents and building, more and more people are walking, making them more susceptible to jaywalking tickets. The issue caught the attention of the LA city council, and a motion by Councilmember Mike Bonin, seconded by Councilmember Jose Huizar, asks the Los Angeles Police Department to give them more information about why vehicle code section #21456, increases pedestrian safety.

Critics of the code say it favors cars, making it archaic. Supporters say it makes pedestrians safer.

Could police use more discretion when giving out jaywalking tickets? Is it a one size fits all law? Are pedestrians made safer by not stepping into the crosswalk when the red hand is flashing? Have you recently gotten a jaywalking ticket for this offense?


Mike Bonin, Councilmember for district 11 which encompasses Brentwood, Del Rey, Mar Vista, Pacific Palisades, Playa del Rey, Playa Vista, Venice, West LA, and Westchester