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Walk This Way: Jaywalking Ticket Will Cost You $191
Get caught jaywalking in DtLA and $191 is gonna race by your bank account faster than that unregistered car going the wrong way on 5th.
As reported last week in the Downtown News, the LAPD is taking a zero-tolerance approach to jaywalkers, especially in the Historic Core. The LA Times reports this effort as a way to help, "reduce accidents and prevent crime," with a crackdown acting as part car-safety and part thief-prevention to deter would-be jaywalkers from targeting and purse-snatching from law-abiding sidewalk dawdlers.
However, the cost of tickets in Los Angeles has, "become an issue as officials increasingly turn to parking and traffic violations as a way to boost their depleted coffers," says the LA Times. "The ticket for an expired meter in Los Angeles jumped from $40 in 2008 to about $50 last year, and "fix-it" tickets for minor moving violations such as broken tail lights more than doubled."