Police Issue Multiple Jaywalking Tickets

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    Plenty of pedestrians received tickets for jaywalking in Hillcrest on Thursday morning. (Published Thursday, Mar 7, 2013)

    San Diego Police officers issued hundreds of tickets on Thursday for people who walked across intersections when they're not supposed to.

    In the Hillcrest neighborhood, police gave out jaywalking tickets that can cost more than $100. More than 380 citations to pedestrians were given out throughout the day.

    Police Issue Jaywalking Tickets

    [DGO] Police Issue Jaywalking Tickets
    Plenty of pedestrians received tickets for jaywalking in Hillcrest on Thursday morning. (Published Thursday, Mar 7, 2013)

    In the past month, police said the research shows it's primarily been the person walking, at fault.

    "The pedestrian doesn't always have the right of way and that's a misnomer that we hear all the time,” said Lt. Steve Hutchinson. “If you walk out in front of a car in between two controlled intersections, that's the definition of jaywalking, if you walk out and you get hit, you're at fault."

    Hutchinson also said rules for where and when you can cross an intersection are strict.

    Here are some other rules to abide by:

    • No walking across intersections when there's a red hand, or red hand already flashing.
    • No jaywalking.
    • No riding your bike or skateboarding against traffic on the road.
    • Use headlights and tail lights on your bike.

    While some people were upset to get a ticket, one bike rider who received a warning believes it’s a public safety issue.

    “It was probably the most reasonable way to address the problem,” Phil Bolima said. “I think as bike riders you need to be reassured that you're doing the right thing or the wrong thing.”

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