Even when I know I can cross the street safely, I don’t jaywalk when I’m traveling because I’ve been seeing a huge crackdown lately all over the world. When I was in Sydney last month, there were officers just hanging out on the curbs, and as I found out from a friend, they were writing jaywalking tickets.
When I was in downtown Honolulu a week earlier, my friends told me that the area is really strict on jaywalking and that you’ll get a ticket if you start walking after the light starts blinking red. Heck, I even got “pulled over” in my sleepy beach community in Los Angeles for jaywalking. The ticket was $280! Luckily, I was able to sweet-talk my way out of it but a $280 fine made me realize jaywalking really isn’t worth it!
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