APD Announces Zero-Tolerance Jaywalking Policy

In the wake of Amanda Jo Stephen’s arrest after jaywalking while jogging near campus last month, APD will be focusing more on pedestrian indiscretions. This month police will be cracking down on jaywalking under APD’s Pedestrian Safety Initiative. The initiative aims to mitigate the number of pedestrian-involved traffic collisions by enacting a zero-tolerance enforcement policy in regions of south Austin.

According to the city’s press release, over the last five years there have been 1,757 pedestrian injuries and 96 pedestrian fatalities in traffic accidents. So far this year, 20 percent of all traffic fatalities have involved pedestrians. The initiative is designed to change behavior and remind bipeds that casually shortcutting across a road is against the law.

“If there are any observations in the area, then they will be issued a citation,” said Officer Jermaine Kilgore, explaining the zero-tolerance policy. “We enforce this in areas depending on where the need is greatest.”

Last month APD enacted a similar initiative in the North/West Campus region where Amanda Jo Stephen was arrested after disregarding a pedestrian traffic signal and failing to identify herself to officers. Similar to how Stephen was caught, officers will be setting up traps along roadways and intersections where jaywalking is reportedly rife.

If cited, violators would face upwards of $97 in fees for crossing an intersection against a light and $153 for jaywalking mid-block. The initiative will conclude March 31st.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 16:45
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