New Law Will Allow Crossing Street While Signal Counts Down

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Dan Brekke - KQED News

Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill earlier this week that, if you’re like most Bay Area pedestrians, will legalize your daily law-breaking.

No, the state is not lifting the prohibition on jaywalking. That’s still illegal — and dangerous.

The bill the governor graced with his signature, AB 390, makes it legal to begin crossing the street after a pedestrian countdown signal is flashing.

Right. You probably thought that was OK to do already. And you’ve seen the appearance of the countdown — 15, 14, 13 … — as a prod to get across the street as fast as you can.

But that crossing technique is against the law and can be very expensive.

One jurisdiction where people have learned that? Los Angeles.