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Daily Journal - The Reasonably Careful Jaywalker

Updated: Feb 1, 2023

If you have noticed more pedestrians confidently stepping into the street outside of marked crosswalks since the start of this year, that is because the “Freedom to Walk Act” took effect Jan. 1.

By Rodney S. Diggs


The Freedom to Walk Act has effectively done away with jaywalking in California. Although the Act does not fully decriminalize jaywalking, it allows pedestrians crossing the roadways to be free from costly citations. In fact, the fine for jaywalking in California is more than parking tickets and even some traffic violations.


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