In a piece of “strange” news this morning, I came across a story about an elderly woman in CA who was fined for jaywalking. The court waived the fine but still found her guilty of jaywalking, apparently for taking too long to cross the street!
It’s hard to tell which version is the one that actually happened, but the woman said the WALK sign was still on when she stepped into the crosswalk; the policeman who gave her the ticket says it had already started flashing DON’T WALK. It’s a fine line - if the sign still says walk, you’re supposed to be able to cross the street.
It was a busy intersection, and the woman had a cane in one hand and a bag of groceries in the other, so she was probably moving very slowly. Now as someone who doesn’t have a car or drive (I get around either by walking or taking public transportation), I can tell you that the pedestrian signs barely give a healthy person time to cross. If you’re impeded in any way, you’re taking your life in your hands, particularly at certain busy intersections.
I don’t know what the solution is, unfortunately. It’s also compounded where right turn on red is allowed - I’ve seen some turning drivers nearly clip pedestrians who were crossing ON the walk signal. I currently walk with a cane due to arthritis in both knees, so I move fairly slowly, so I try to avoid crossing busy intersections when I can but sometimes I just can’t. So I try to move as quickly as possible and only cross during the WALK cycle. It’s a shame, though, that this elderly woman now has a jaywalking citation on her record.