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Should We Have jaywalking Laws In Britain?

I just referred to Jaywalking in response to an excellent article by Debbie which made me think of this topic for my first poll on Persona Papers – should the K have jaywalking laws similar to those of the USA? Jaywalking is when someone crosses a busy road or dual carriageway that has pedestrian crossing lights, pelicans, zebras, subways, etc, but chooses to cross without using those. In the US you can be fined for jaywalking even if no moving traffic is anywhere in sight. In the UK many people are injured or killed through pedestrians crossing busy roads in front of often fast moving traffic. Would you favour introducing Jaywalking laws in the UK? Yes or no? Arthur Chappell #poll #jaywalking #pelicans #crossings


6 votes / 60% 6 votes / 60 %


2 votes / 20% 2 votes / 20 %

Dont know

2 votes / 20% 2 votes / 20 %
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PineMartens wrote on January 6, 2015, 5:26 AM

I've gone for I Don't Know but really it would be yes and no. In some areas the streets are just not suitable for the current size of traffic and it can be the drivers fault. Other times it is the pedestrians.

maxeen wrote on January 6, 2015, 6:55 AM

Too many laws and not enough Zebra crossings outide of school areas especially. More education needed but not laws.

Kat- wrote on January 6, 2015, 7:24 AM

I answered I Don't Know. We have the laws her in the US, but it's hardly ever enforced and I'm not sure if having the law actually improved anything or not.

LadyDuck wrote on January 6, 2015, 9:59 AM

Here in Switzerland you can be fined if you cross outside the "designated areas". I remember my uncle was fined in Italy because he crossed outside the zebra crossing.

BodieMor wrote on January 6, 2015, 9:04 PM

I vote yes if only for the safety of my family when we visit! There are too many accidents with pedestrians crossing where they shouldn't be...