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LAPD's Giving Out $250 Jaywalking Tickets This Holiday Season

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Just in time for the holiday season, the LAPD is doing a crackdown on jaywalking and handing out the gift of citations. Bah humbug, indeed.

The LAPD Traffic Division is especially focused this month on handing out jaywalking fines that run around $190 to $250 in the Historic Core and Financial District in Downtown. While you can get a ticket for crossing the street against a red light, turns out you will also be slapped for a fine even if you step off of the curb once the flashing red hand on the crosswalk countdown starts, according to Downtown News.

The LAPD posted an excited message on Facebook, "Please be aware that you may see increased enforcement during the holiday season to ensure pedestrian safety and smooth traffic flow!"

Despite the whopping 31,326 citations issued in the Central Bureau this year, there still were four pedestrian deaths and 129 vehicle-pedestrian accidents Downtown.

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Lt. Lydia Leos told Downtown News, “We’re heavily enforcing pedestrian violations because they’re impeding traffic and causing too many accidents and deaths."