Jaywalk on 15th? That’ll be $140, please.

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Jaywalking on 15th Street will cost you.
Starting Thursday, if you’re caught jaywalking on 15th Street, it will cost you $140. It’s a common site on 15th street. Jaywalking. And it’s taking place on one of the busiest streets in Augusta. The speed limit is 35 mph and 25 mph on Laney Walker Blvd. Since the accident a month ago, that left an MCG student dead. MCG Police Officers are patrolling the crosswalks at 15th and Laney Walker Blvd and 15th and Harper from 7-9 in the morning and 3:30-5:30 in the afternoon. They’re there to help people get across the streets. But the officers still see a lot of jaywalking.

Rather than working to improve pedestrians’ ability to cross 15th Street, the City of Augusta/MCG(?) has decided that it makes more sense to punish those that jaywalk. If you’ve ever tried to cross the street at a crosswalk downtown, you’ll find that cars rarely stop to allow pedestrians to cross, even though it’s a state law (O.C.G.A. § 40-6-91). Can you blame pedestrians, who likely have no other choice but to cross the street when and wherever possible?

Even though safety officers are present during peak times, it doesn’t change the fact that crossing 15th Street is dangerous. The City and/or the Medical College of Georgia needs to do something to improve pedestrian safety in this high traffic area. A pedestrian bridge of some sort seems like it would make the most sense. If pedestrians had a safer way to cross the street, they probably wouldn’t resort to crossing illegally.

2 thoughts on “Jaywalk on 15th? That’ll be $140, please.

  1. Jason

    It’s ridiculous, isn’t it? I had made a decision a while ago to rid myself of a vehicle and find some other mode of transportation. For the most part, I walked to where ever I was going. I did this for a long time after I had moved away from Augusta, and then upon my return to this city, I managed to get hit three times, despite my efforts to try and be as cautious as possible.

    Drivers here do not pay attention to what is going on around them. When I was struck the first time, it was because someone decided that they needed to reverse out of their parking space at the highest rate of speed that they could. I was struck hard enough that it threw me the rest of the way out of their path, and I am thankful for that. The other times I have been struck, and you’re going to love this, have been when I was *using a crosswalk* with the signal indicating I can walk! It was by individuals who were not looking as they approached a corner to make a right turn. I usually do a pretty good job of anticipating people travelling too fast to brake and will patiently wait on them, but those two past incidents snuck by me.

    Well, I can only imagine what more will come of this mess with the MCG Police officers. From my experience, it’s safer to cross the street where ever the opportunity presents itself, crosswalk or not. Why does this city seem to be hellbent on torturing its citizens with its perceived idiocy? Smart people in this government; but not a lot of smart ideas. Go figure.

  2. Jason

    It’s ridiculous, isn’t it? I had made a decision a while ago to rid myself of a vehicle and find some other mode of transportation. For the most part, I walked to where ever I was going. I did this for a long time after I had moved away from Augusta, and then upon my return to this city, I managed to get hit three times, despite my efforts to try and be as cautious as possible.

    Drivers here do not pay attention to what is going on around them. When I was struck the first time, it was because someone decided that they needed to reverse out of their parking space at the highest rate of speed that they could. I was struck hard enough that it threw me the rest of the way out of their path, and I am thankful for that. The other times I have been struck, and you’re going to love this, have been when I was *using a crosswalk* with the signal indicating I can walk! It was by individuals who were not looking as they approached a corner to make a right turn. I usually do a pretty good job of anticipating people travelling too fast to brake and will patiently wait on them, but those two past incidents snuck by me.

    Well, I can only imagine what more will come of this mess with the MCG Police officers. From my experience, it’s safer to cross the street where ever the opportunity presents itself, crosswalk or not. Why does this city seem to be hellbent on torturing its citizens with its perceived idiocy? Smart people in this government; but not a lot of smart ideas. Go figure.

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