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Sunday, June 11, 2023

California Jaywalking Law

Aloha Everyone,

Since January 1 of this year, jaywalking is legal in California. Signed by Governor Newsom last September, the reasoning behind the law makes sense. For example, pedestrians crossing against the light or outside of a designated crosswalk, one can cross the road provided that there is no immediate chance of a collision with a moving vehicle.

If I leave our hotel before 7 am on my daily walk, chances of encountering vehicular traffic are very slim. On my 2nd time around, usually between 7:30 - 8:00 am, commuters are on the roads. By my 3rd, after 8:00 am, students, bikers, scooters all compete for sidewalks. I must be extra cautious when crossing sidewalks even with stop signs. The new jaywalking laws do not provide any protection.

Aloha -- Cathi