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I've always wondered if I could rob a bank in front of one of those cops focusing on a certain misdemeanour and get away with it because I wasn't committing the crime he was ordered to watch...

I think this campaign is a bit bonkers, but at its heart jaywalking is the same as cyclists jumping a red light or drivers being scofflaws in other ways.

I've never really understood why jaywalking is a crime (although pedestrians always seem determined to walk out in front of me when I'm cycling I think it's silly, not criminal), but as long as it is a crime it's fair game to police it. If texting while driving isn't ok, texting while crossing the street probably shouldn’t be either. I suppose the question is at what point a scofflaw becomes an outlaw. I don't have an answer for that, though.

by Jim on Jan 30, 2013 12:03 pm • linkreport

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