Jaywalking is no longer CRIMINAL!

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This new year is seeing new California traffic laws for pedestrians and cyclists. Now that California has officially increased its efforts to promote safer roads for pedestrians and cyclists, it’s important to keep a close eye on the new traffic laws to protect yourself while you’re out and about. Whether you live in the Golden State or plan on visiting soon, understanding these 2023 laws can help make your time there much smoother. 


Jaywalking is no longer CRIMINAL!


Californians are about to have a new freedom – the right to stroll across streets without fear of penalty! As of January 1, 2023, California has become the first state in the US to legalize jaywalking. This historic law has sparked a nationwide conversation on the issue and will have significant implications for how we think about public safety in our everyday lives. 


Governor Gavin Newsom recently signed AB-2147, The Freedom To Walk Act, into law. This bill decriminalizes jaywalking and provides pedestrians with the protection they need when crossing roads at any spot other than an intersection or crosswalk if it is safe enough for them to do so. 


Assembly member Phil Ting (D- San Francisco) first proposed this legislation due to its potential ability to level out inequality among people who can afford tickets versus those that cannot while simultaneously doing away with uneven enforcement against low-income communities and individuals of color. 


So break free from intersections – hit up California’s streets safely anytime you want!


The new law decriminalizes jaywalking across the state of California and replaces penalties with civil fines of up to $250. This is a huge shift from previous law enforcement practices, which often saw those caught jaywalking facing criminal charges that could result in arrest or jail time. 


The new law also emphasizes education over enforcement, meaning that officers are encouraged to educate pedestrians before issuing citations for violations. 


Now that you’re all caught up on the new California traffic laws be sure to reach out to Criminal Defense Heroes P.C. at +1 323-529-3660 if you have any questions or need assistance with anything related to these changes. 


Our knowledgeable and experienced criminal defense attorneys will be more than happy to help ensure your rights are protected – ALWAYS. Your Heroes are here for you.