LOS ANGELES >> Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar has voiced his support for state legislation that would allow pedestrians to cross a street even if the crosswalk countdown has already begun.
The current jaywalking law was written when flashing red signals alone were instituted, and does not reflect modern crossing signals, which include a countdown, according to Assemblyman Miguel Santiago, D-Los Angeles, author of AB 390. As a result, it is currently illegal for a pedestrian to step into a crosswalk after the red hand starts, even if there is sufficient time to safely cross.
A Los Angeles Times investigation found that 17,000 people in the city were ticketed over a four-year period for stepping off the curb after the countdown had started.
“In downtown Los Angeles, Council District 14 and throughout the city of Los Angeles, we are leading the way with complete streets initiatives and policies that allow us to prepare for a new Los Angeles,” said Huizar, who introduced a resolution the City Council passed in May in support of AB 390.
“We are in the midst of a momentous shift when it comes to increasing pedestrian uses and space and our antiquated state crosswalk law has not kept pace with the city of Los Angeles goals in downtown and elsewhere,” Huizar said. “AB 390 addresses the concerns that downtown residents expressed to my office and led to us sponsoring a City Council resolution calling on the state for a change in the law, and we join our constituents in advocating for full state legislative support of AB 390.”
The bill, which was approved in May by the Assembly Transportation…
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