CalBike sponsored AB 2147, which will end jaywalking tickets for safe mid-block crossings. Police may still issue tickets for unsafe pedestrian behavior, but they can no longer use jaywalking as a pretext to stop Black and brown Californians.
Legalizing safe street crossings will not change existing laws that already require pedestrians to avoid potentially hazardous situations on the roadway. It would merely legalize what people are already doing: finding the best routes to safely walk in their neighborhoods.
This crucial legislation will protect vulnerable pedestrians against arbitrary, racially-biased, pretextual policing, as well as burdensome fees and fines, and unnecessary, and potentially lethal, interactions with law enforcement. It moves us one step closer to getting rid of car-centric jaywalking laws.
If a police officer cites someone for jaywalking under CVC 21955, crossing the road outside a designated crosswalk, they may face a fine as high as $250. That amount can get higher as additional violations are added. This jaywalking fine is higher than most parking tickets and some common traffic citations. A jaywalking ticket may also cost you $1,000+ in insurance hikes and penalties.
AB 2147 will #LegalizeWalking by:
- Decriminalize safe, commonsense street crossing, when traffic permits, whether or not a pedestrian is within a marked/unmarked crosswalk.
- Remove a pretext for over-policing that has disproportionately hurt Black and Latinx Californians.
- Recognize the rights of pedestrians to fair and equitable use of our public roadways.
- End a traffic enforcement practice that places an undue financial burden on low-income residents through fines, fees, and penalties without increasing safety.