Californians will soon be able to jaywalk without a ticket — as long as it’s safe

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Jaywalking will soon be legal in California after Gov. Gavin Newsom signs law into it.

The new law allows people to legally jaywalk or cross outside of an intersection — without a ticket — as long as it’s safe to do so. The law will come into effect in January.

AB 2147, also known as The Freedom To Walk Act, states that people can only get a ticket to jaywalk if there is an imminent risk of an accident.

Assemblyman Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), who introduced the law, says expensive tickets and unnecessary confrontations with law enforcement only affect certain communities.

“It shouldn’t be a crime to cross the street safely. When expensive tickets and unnecessary confrontations with the police only affect certain communities, it’s time to reconsider how we use our law enforcement resources and whether our jaywalking laws truly protect pedestrians,” Ting said in a statement. “Also, we should encourage people to get out of their cars and walk for health and environmental reasons.”

According to a press release issued by Ting’s office, until 2018 it was illegal to cross the street at a traffic light when the pedestrian countdown timer started flashing.

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