BOSTON (CBS) – Massachusetts lawmakers plan to address a huge jaywalking problem in Boston by increasing the trivial fine to make violators think twice before crossing.
Whether they’re running or texting, traffic light countdowns apparently mean nothing to pedestrians.
“I jaywalk in the middle of the block, when it’s coming from one way and that’s safe,” said jaywalker Kenneth Hudson, “I’m guilty when I do it, but I must admit I do it.”
That guilt only costs violators a fine of one dollar.
“I think that’s a joke,” said driver Holly Davis.
Senate Majority Leader Harriette Chandler agrees.
After jaywalking was blamed for the deaths outside of a senior home in her district of Worcester, Chandler proposed a bill raising the fine to $25 for the first offense, $50 for the second, and $75 for the third.
“I totally agree with it. Somebody walked right in front of my car the other day,” said Davis. “When it’s costing them more money, then they’ll stop doing it.”
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh also urged pedestrians on Thursday to be safe.
“Pay attention to traffic signals, stop signs, and put away your cell phones,” Walsh said.