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Police Hand Out 328 Tickets To Pedestrians Thursday

San Diego police had a day-long crackdown on pedestrians Thursday, and while police said they wouldn’t be handing out many tickets, that turned out not to be true.

Aired 3/11/13 on KPBS News.

San Diego police had a day-long crackdown on pedestrians Thursday, and while police said they wouldn’t be handing out many tickets, that turned out not to be true.

Police Hand Out 328 Tickets To Pedestrians Thursday
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Police handed out 328 tickets to jaywalkers and other pedestrians breaking traffic rules. Those tickets cost about $100 each, said Steve Hutchinson, the police lieutenant running the program.

Hutchinson had said police would mostly be giving out warnings. But it turns out they only gave 81 warnings, not nearly as many as the 328 tickets.

Police also cited 12 bicyclists, 30 drivers, and impounded one car and made one felony arrest.

The idea was to teach pedestrians the rules of the road, Hutchinson said.

There have been 13 accidents in San Diego this year where cars hit pedestrians. The pedestrian was at fault in 10, and six were fatal, Hutchinson said.

The crackdown ran from 7 a.m. to midnight Thursday. Crackdowns will continue at regular intervals throughout the year, Hutchinson said.

He said the next one will be coming soon.

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localgirl | March 8, 2013 at 4:50 p.m. ― 4 years ago

Sounds like a good money making day for the city. Four times as many tickets as warnings. Give me a break.

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mclanea | March 8, 2013 at 5:29 p.m. ― 4 years ago

Absolutely ridiculous. As I shared on the related article, this is part of the same pattern I observed downtown since fall 2011. Today it was jaywalking, tomorrow it'll be $100 tickets for not curbing your tires on Kettener, next week it'll be something else. If the city wants to raise revenue they should put forward a new tax instead of issuing tickets for such things.

This small business owner now happily works from home, thereby avoiding a ticket for not putting in all of my quarters in the meter with the head facing to the left.

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ibcalif | March 8, 2013 at 5:57 p.m. ― 4 years ago

I wonder how many were tourists.

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Tomasz | March 8, 2013 at 9:01 p.m. ― 4 years ago

Money making machine or not, if you guys where one of the seven pedestrians that got hit, or family members or friends of the six that got killed or the drivers that hit the pedestrians, would YOU be saying the same thing? Don't they have the right to reinforce the Already STATED rules?.

Is it hard to be a law abiding citizen?

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jimellis1103 | March 8, 2013 at 11:10 p.m. ― 4 years ago

Purpose was to educate the public? Baloney. Sounds like the immature parent who - unable to be a true mentor - tries to teach a child a lesson with a punishment. Here's the difference though: the immature parent DOESN'T MAKE MONEY on the deal.

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jackleebailey | March 9, 2013 at 1:09 p.m. ― 4 years ago

The parent anology is erronious. Parents can ground or scold their children and it is actually significant to the child. We arrogant citizenry would not even begin to pay attention to scolding from law enforcement.

Police, therefore, must use the tools at their disposal - fines. For those so bothered by the idea of monetary penalty for violating rules of the road for pedestrians and cyclists, those people need only be respectful of the rules. By doing so they would easily avoid said fines, and they would not be upsetting traffic.

Of course, if a person would rather get run over by a car because they are jaywalking, more power to 'em. According to this article, 10 out of 13 pedestrians who got struck by cars were at fault.

It really is that simple.

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Anon11 | March 10, 2013 at 8:13 p.m. ― 4 years ago

The police sat and watched people commit these allegedly dangerous crimes, and then ticketed them after the fact.

**If jaywalking was a real danger, why wouldn't the police offer a proactive education instead of a reactive one (with a harsh monetary penalty attached to it)?**

This was about generating revenue, which is exactly what they accomplished.

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Mmikey | March 11, 2013 at 9:33 a.m. ― 4 years ago

A better location would be at some of the east county schools where we see immigrant parents teaching their kids to j walk every morning.

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tbrowning | March 13, 2014 at 2:35 p.m. ― 3 years ago

I seriously thought that a "jaywalking ticket" was a contrived fairy tale, similar to the Tooth Fairy or the Boogy Man… Unfortunately, I got slapped in the face with a jaywalking ticket today by a female police officer far more obese and scary than the actual boogy man… It's great that San Diego is so broke that they are giving middle-class, hardworking, suit wearing, citizens like myself tickets for the most ridiculously made up infractions. What was even better was that while walking back to my office, yellow ticket in hand, a homeless male was taking a public piss on an electrical box, yet, I am the one being ticketed for walking within the white painted lines, a mere 2 seconds before the light technically turned green? In all honesty, Batman, the Tooth Fairy and the Boogy Man (not the one who ticketed me), could protect this city far better than the lazy jokes in black uniforms littered about Downtown, San Diego.

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JeanMarc | March 13, 2014 at 3:25 p.m. ― 3 years ago

Don't break the law and you won't get a ticket. Simple as that, folks. Why are you angry that police are enforcing the law?

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JeanMarc | March 13, 2014 at 3:28 p.m. ― 3 years ago

tbrowning boohoo you are upset that the law applies to you too? Did you think you were allowed to break the laws that everyone else has to follow? I hope you enjoy your ticket and maybe it will make you think twice before you break the law again.

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tbrowning | March 18, 2014 at 11:41 a.m. ― 3 years ago

JeanMarc, if the law were fair and gave tickets to the surrounding bums and crack heads that were jaywalking (actually out of the pedestrian lines) around me, then yes, I would enjoy my ticket because it would mean that the law equally applied to everyone… Unfortunately, this is a law that only applies to people who can pay for the repercussions…Also, because I do not want you to break important laws, like I do, make sure that if you are a woman in California, you are not driving a car in a house coat!

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