Kcmo police dept Complaint - Jaywalking

Review by chris's smack on 2010-07-01
KANSAS CITY MO -- What is with the new jaywalking law does that mean that there steppping down on bank robberies shootings drug deals or waht who cares if someone jaywalks it is there own fault and there putting thereself in harm's way because kcmo drivers r a nightmare to be around
Comments:16 Replies - Latest reply on 2010-07-01
Posted by tnchuck100 on 2010-07-01:
Its probly beacuse you caused a driver to manuever around you and the police officer saw it if you no the drivers are bad why would you risk being hurt by them its not a new law just that it is seldom enforced its a common law tho
Posted by MDSasquatch on 2010-07-01:
How about a list of other laws we don't have to obey? Laws are designed for public safety, not your convenience. Pay the fine - learn a lesson - move on
Posted by Weedwhacked on 2010-07-01:
It's legally a ordinance so you do have to follow it. Just because its not always enforced doesn't mean you're going to get off the hook for doing it yourself. Simple solution, "Don't do it!"
Posted by spiderman2 on 2010-07-01:
the new jaywalking law probably came about because some idiot got hit by a car jaywalking and sued the city saying there is no law against it so its your fault. The city probably paid out a load of money and enacted a law prohibiting jaywalking. Same reason your lawnmower tells you not to put your feet under it.
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-07-01:
This is interesting. There is a local road here where occasionally a pedestrian (usually drinking, late at night), gets fatally hit by a vehicle (I think the speed limit was 45).

These people chose *not* to use the crosswalk. My 'ever so wise' city council decided that the way to fix this was to lower the speed limit.

This is not going to change these people's behaviour, at all, IMO.

It also won't stop the frequency of fatal accidents.
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-07-01:
Well I know intimately how city government works. Yeah, they may call it a "safety" issue but I'd bet it's really a revenue enhancement issue.

Coming up on this fourth July I wonder why do American's so love the nanny state. I can't imagine our founding fathers sitting still for such BS.
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-07-01:
Stew..revenue enhancement? You mean like all of the red light cameras we have here? We haven't even come close to breaking even on those..maybe in 15 years.
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-07-01:
Well then Dryad they need to up the fines dontcha think.
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-07-01:
City vehicles are exempt, even if they are off duty. I've actually seen (multiple times) the cameras not work when they should, at the worst intersections.

What? $200 isn't high enough?
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-07-01:
Obviously not Dryad if as you say they haven't come close to breaking even in 15 years.
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-07-01:
They have only been in place a little while. I said they might break even in 15 years.

This is going to solve absolutely nothing. I've seen no difference at these intersections, and I use at least 3 of them on a regular basis.

Either the equipment malfunctions, or the fines aren't high enough. Either way, they will all probably be pulled out AGAIN.

Because, in the long run, it makes nobody happy or safer.
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-07-01:
If you have open mic at your city council meetings you ought to go up there and give them a piece of your mind. When I lived in Norman I used to do that all the time. Not so much because something was grinding my gears as it was that, well you know me, I just love to orate to a captive audience. Also those meeting were televised. I was infamous amongst the geriatric city council following crowd. I miss those people.
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-07-01:
Stew, trust me when I say this has already been brought up on multiple occasions.

Posted by Disaster Worker on 2010-07-01:
It's so I don't have to come pick up the pieces of your body on the street because you chose to jaywalk!
Posted by Starlord on 2010-07-01:
Jaywalking is an activity that people see as harmless, when in actuality, many people are killed every year. Like the elderly gent in Eloy, AZ who had been at the City Hall, and upon leaving, opted not to walk down a half block to the marked, signalled crosswalk. He stepped out between two parked cars and was hit and killed by a driver who was not charged, as there was no way he could have avoided the accident. As I have told people over and over again, the reason police write citations is to correct people's bad habits. The best way to make a person aware that they are screwing up is to hit them in the wallet. DW, I fully agree with you, I saw way too many people who figured, "Why should I walk down to the corner?" Many times we got on scene to work on a person who it turned out was mortally injured.
Posted by Pepper on 2010-07-01:
kinda like how kids on bike don't pay attention to stop signs
until they zip past one into an oncoming truck

but if you feel there's not enough work being done against drug dealers, i'm sure they'll appreciate some extra assistance in cracking down on it, no?

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