Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Jaywalking in Las Vegas - Don't do it

Las Vegas had a well deserved reputation as a place where pedestrians were hit by cars.  The combination of drunk pedestrians and out of town traffic looking at all the attractions translated into many vehicle verses person collisions.  Las Vegas had to enforce its Jaywalking laws to help keep the injuries down.  The justification has lessened because of all of the pedestrian barriers along the strip and the intersection over crosses.  The police however have maintained their affection for writing jaywalking tickets.

 The Nevada statute on Jaywalking defines it as crossing the street:

           "Between adjacent intersections at which official traffic-control devices are in
            operation pedestrians shall not cross at any place except in a marked crosswalk."
            (NRS 484B.287)

I honestly am not sure exactly what this means.  Do you need traffic controls of every direction of the intersection.  Is a stop sign a traffic control device.   But really it does not matter.  The police will ticket you.  The fine can be up to $695.00.  You don't need that hassle.