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New Bill Proposes Decriminalizing Jaywalking In California

SAN FRANCISCO – Jaywalking is arbitrarily enforced throughout California. When it is, tickets are disproportionately given to low-income people of color, and sometimes, these encounters with police turn life-threatening. In an effort to reform this unfair system, Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) has introduced AB 1238, The Freedom To Walk Act, which would decriminalize jaywalking, co-sponsored by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area and the California Bike Coalition.

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