California Vehicle Code (CVC) § 21955

Officer issuing Jaywalking in California

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California Vehicle Code 21955-Jaywalking

Healthy lifestyles play a major part of people choosing alternative methods of transportation. Pedestrians who use a train and/or bus for transportation walk several miles to get to those centralized stations. For pedestrians walking on a daily basis as an alternative method of transportation or those that choose to walk to get to other methods of transportation, safety should be at the top of the list.

Pedestrians can lower their risk of injuries, accidents or being ticketed by learning the proper crosswalk safety tips describe below:

  • Crosswalks provide safety. It makes sense to use a crosswalk whenever one is present to cross a road or intersection.
  • Crosswalks provide pedestrians indicators of when it is acceptable and unacceptable to walk or cross.
  • However, there are times when a crosswalk is not present. Pedestrians must yield right of way to vehicles when there is no crosswalk or signal present.
  • If no crosswalk is present, a pedestrian should make sure that they walk facing on-coming traffic.
  • Never assume that you have the right away when crossing a street. Always be aware of drivers on the road.
  • Crosswalks provide pedestrians indicators of when it is acceptable and unacceptable to walk or cross.
  • Pedestrians should press a button that activates the crosswalk sounds and signals before beginning to walk.
  • If you are unsure or confused of the pedestrian signals, refer to the California Driving Handbook to familiarize yourself with the meaning of pedestrian signals as well as traffic signals. When there are no pedestrian signals, obey traffic signals.
  • Pedestrians should be aware of their surroundings at all times. The presence of little or no distraction while moving gives a pedestrian greater attention to the environment around them.
  • When walking at night, it is helpful for pedestrians to make themselves visible by wearing white, bright, or reflective clothing.

What does the California Code say about CVC 21955?

CVC Section 21955 instructs pedestrians not to cross the road at any area of the crosswalk, except for in areas that are between adjacent intersections controlled by traffic control signal devices or by police officers. Pedestrians are encouraged to use a crosswalk wherever available at all times. Pedestrians cannot cross in any areas of the street outside of the crosswalk. A pedestrian may not walk in undesignated areas outside of the crosswalk. Furthermore, a pedestrian may not cross within a crosswalk when pedestrian signs have signaled to stop.

When crosswalks are present, it is important for pedestrians to utilize available crosswalks to ensure a safe cross and reduce a risk of an accident.

Have you received a California Traffic Ticket for CVC 21955?

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What is the punishment for a California Traffic Ticket for CVC 21955?

The fine for a California traffic ticket for “jaywalking” is up to $179.00 dollars. The penalty for jaywalking increases with each repeated offense depending on the location of where the infraction occurs. You could plead guilty and pay the fine. However your automobile insurance could increase for up to three years with the point on your record. Besides that who doesn’t want to keep their driving record squeaky clean. Therefore a California traffic ticket under this section can be very costly in the long term.

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