By Staff

BOSTON (CBS) — A bill being considered on Beacon Hill would step up penalties on jaywalkers in Massachusetts. Rep. Colleen Garry, a Dracut Democrat, is sponsoring a bill that would impose fines of up to $200 for repeat offenses.

Currently, the fine for not using a nearby crosswalk is only a dollar. Garry’s bill would fine jaywalkers $25 for the first offense, $50 for the second, and $100 for subsequent offenses. All those fines would double if the jaywalker is using their phone or wearing headphones/earbuds.

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A hearing on the bill was held Wednesday before the Transportation Committee. According to The State House News Service, some transportation advocates are strongly against the bill.

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WalkBoston Deputy Director Brendan Kearney said the proposal “does not increase safety” and is “just not realistic.”

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