Why did the frog cross the road?Crossing the street seems simple enough, until you watch students crossing University Drive.
Few complaints about jaywalking have made their way to the police, but almost everyone has either been witness or party to a group of students darting in front of vehicles so they can make it to Sub Connection or the Brown-Lupton Student Center 30 seconds faster.
Safety seems to be irrelevant if taking precautions would inconvenience a pedestrian on campus.
TCU Police can only warn students not to jaywalk.
Although Fort Worth Police can ticket students for violating jaywalking laws, they focus their efforts on more pressing matters. Should they start ticketing some jaywalkers, they would have to start enforcing the law everywhere for the sake of fairness.
This lack of enforcement, however, is a good thing. Although jaywalking is unsafe, common sense – not common law – is the answer.
It has been said many times: If there is a law on the books or a rule prohibiting something, someone was dumb enough to do it in the past.
Saying that someone should not cross the street in front of a car is something everyone should know. It should not be codified in Texas Transportation Code 552.003 subsection B.
Some laws regarding pedestrians on roadways make sense. The section of the law requiring one to cross the streets at traffic lights only when facing a green signal is needed because it regards man-made objects. It is also important that the law requires vehicles to yield to pedestrians crossing on a green light.
Without regard to the level of enforcement of jaywalking laws, no one deserves a $144 ticket for crossing a street outside of an arbitrarily placed crosswalk.
The police don’t need to tell us not to walk in front of vehicles; if we choose to do so, an intimate meeting with a speeding car is punishment enough.
Opinion Editor Brian Chatman for the Editorial Board.