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Definition - What does Jaywalking mean?

Jaywalking is the act of crossing a street at a location that is not a clearly defined crossing area or a street corner. Jaywalking is a misdemeanor. Jaywalking can also include crossing a street when a crossing signal says do not cross. Fines can be given to those who are caught jaywalking.

Justipedia explains Jaywalking

Many people may not consider jaywalking to be a serious offense. However, especially on a crowded or busy street, jaywalking can pose significant threats to the normal flow of traffic. Jaywalkers can cause accidents by forcing cars to stop or swerve suddenly; jaywalkers themselves can become seriously injured if they are hit by a car. So, jaywalking has been made illegal not only to protect drivers, but also to protect jaywalkers themselves from accidents

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