In response to a plea from Sgt. Tom O'Brien, the city's environment and transportation committee (ETC) is considering tougher penalties for jaywalking.
"When a pedestrian chooses to jaywalk by stepping off the curb onto the street . . . they interfere with the right-of-way of someone legally using the roadway," O'Brien wrote in an e-mail to Coun. Harold Usher, who chairs the city committee. "I believe there should be a reasonable recourse regarding enforcement."As there is already a law in place prohibiting pedestrians from interfering with public travel, jaywalkers who actually interfere with traffic flow can currently be charged under existing laws. The only thing that this amendment would add is more money for the statists pockets as they could then fine people for falling outside of designated crossing lines.