Caught on camera: Jay walkers ticketed by Pedestrian Task Force
Reporter: Cory Marshall
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Alongside Tucson Police Traffic Division Officers, our cameras caught people jay walking with a crosswalk (in most cases) less than a block away.
In the span of an hour, it happened over and over again.
9OYS spoke with one jay walker immediately after police gave him and his daughter a ticket. We asked Tucson resident, Gabriel Rodriquez, why he ran across the street when there was a crosswalk a few feet away?
"The truth of the matter is [I'm] just too lazy to walk to the crosswalk," said Rodriquez.
Tucson Police Sgt. Jerry Skeenes says in most pedestrian involved collisions, the pedestrian is the one that could have prevented the accident.
"The statistics we have right now is that most of the time the pedestrian has done something to put themselves at risk," continued Sgt. Skeenes.
In 2011, 13 pedestrians were struck and killed on Tucson streets.
One year later, six pedestrians have been killed with a total of 138 pedestrians hit within the City of Tucson from January to October 10 of this year.
Part of the problem could be policy.
In the City of Tucson, law states pedestrians in a business district have to use a crosswalk-whether marked or unmarked.
Arizona State Law is a little more lenient. Under the law, if a pedestrian does not use a crosswalk, the car has the right of way. However, if a pedestrian does use a crosswalk, the law is reversed and the pedestrian has the right of way.
Meaning, in most scenarios statewide, there is no law forbidding a pedestrian from crossing anywhere they want.
For Gabriel Rodriquez and his 15-year-old daughter, the $85 fine is lesson enough, "[It's] not worth paying. [I'll] walk to the corner."