Jaywalking remains illegal in Washington, but a legislator is pushing to repeal it

A new bill aims to repeal Washington’s reckless walking laws so people can move more freely around the streets of their city and use common sense instead.

SEATTLE — An effort is underway in the legislature to repeal the law against malpractice in Washington state.

California, Nevada and Virginia recently did the same, and Senate Bill 5383 was introduced to Washington lawmakers on Monday.

Alex Hudson, executive director of the Transport Choice Coalition, said: “Redwalking laws began about 100 years ago and have since been used to enforce the way people move around the city. their streets and towns.

Hudson led the coalition that led the campaign that led to the new legislation being enacted. She called the current law “outdated, useless and oppressive.”

“In the city of Seattle, you can be fined close to $70 for being negligent. If you can’t pay those fines, you’re in the criminal justice system now, and historically, that’s what That means people can’t vote,” Hudson said.

Introduced by Senator Rebecca Saldaña, D-Seattle, this measure aims to repeal Washington’s reckless walking laws so that Washingtonians can move more freely around the streets of their city and instead based on their common sense.

Hudson said: “The people who know about jaywalking laws are the ones affected by them, right? We know who that is: it’s the blacks, it’s the low-income people and the neighbors. no housing.”

KING 5 took to Twitter to ask Washingtonians if they think Washington’s block-crossing laws keep everyone safe. Nearly 400 votes later, about two out of three said no.

Seattleite Marco Ballesteros wrote, “No! Just go to Lake City Way and see for yourself!”

On the other hand, another local man, Andy Stevens, replied: “After braking so hard to come to a complete stop to avoid hitting a pregnant pedestrian on the 4th, I tend to support the specific law. this body.”

However, the bill’s proponent said she hopes people look at this in law: “What this bill does is it removes criminal citations, it doesn’t make our streets unsettled. should be free for everyone,” Hudson said.

To keep everyone safe, she hopes lawmakers will focus more on infrastructure and street design.

“My experience is that people use their common sense to find a safe time to cross the street, but it’s the infrastructure that forces people to make unsafe decisions about that. And we do. I shouldn’t have come and punished them for it.”

Senate Bill 5383 will have its first hearing in the legislature in the coming weeks.

https://www.king5.com/article/news/local/pushing-to-appeal-jaywalking-law-in-washington/281-8343e424-aa05-4763-b00b-c7389b4830c6 Jaywalking remains illegal in Washington, but a legislator is pushing to repeal it

Edmund DeMarche

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