Tuesday, February 25, 2014

From BBC News — Jaywalking: How the
Car Industry Outlawed Crossing the Road

The idea of being fined for crossing the road at the wrong place can bemuse foreign visitors to the US, where the origins of so-called jaywalking lie in a propaganda campaign by the motor industry in the 1920s.

The California Vehicle Code states: "No pedestrian shall start crossing in direction of a flashing or steady "DON'T WALK" or upraised hand symbol." It also forbids crossing between controlled intersections, or "jaywalking". Read more: BBC News - Jaywalking: How the car industry outlawed crossing the road

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