Today in the Post
: Jaywalking! Threat or menace?
(Well, WCBS already scooped them on the dangers of holiday shopping
, so they had to go with this.) They find New Yorkers continuing to walk against lights even after the recent, gruesome pinning under a bus
of jaywalker Lolaa Alrashied. "That devil-may-care attitude can be life-threatening," says the Post
, and informs us that in other cities, our "openly flouting the law" won't go. ("We don't do that in Seattle.") Then they do a point-counterpoint, in which funnyman Colin Quinn is given the cheerful task of defending jaywalking ("Walking is our car. You need to jaywalk just to make the light"), leaving someone from the Triple A who drew the short straw to drone that "playing by the rules is the only way to prevent people from getting hurt." Gonna get a lot of letters on this one.
Don't scoff too hard, citizen-pedestrians; the authorities are working hard to get cyclists to obey traffic laws, and they'll get to the jaywalkers eventually. Image (cc) heathbrandon.