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Massachusetts bill proposed to fine jaywalkers $200


Massachusetts Rep. Colleen Garry (D) has sponsored a bill that would hit repeat jaywalking offenders with a hefty $200 fine.

Current law stipulates that jaywalkers in Massachusetts be fined $25. Rep. Garry’s bill would double that fine to $50 for second-time offenders and then double it again to $100 for the third offense and any after that.

Furthermore, you’re technically allowed to cross as long as you’re at least 300 feet from a crosswalk in the Commonwealth, but under this proposed bill, crossing anywhere outside a crosswalk would be subject to fines.

The onus on the bill seems to be directed at distracted pedestrians: if you are on your cell phone (or wearing headphones/earbuds) while jaywalking all those fines would double. It seems that we live in a society where people are so addicted to their phones that they can’t drive or cross the street without using them.

Politicians, of course, always think punishing residents financially is a way to resolve the issue. Funny how their solution directs monies into the state’s pocket.

About Michael Silvia

Served 20 years in the United States Air Force. Owner of New Bedford Guide.

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