SACRAMENTO – Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed into law a measure from a Bay Area lawmaker that would decriminalize jaywalking in most cases.
On Friday, Newsom signed Assembly Bill 2147 by Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), which the author has dubbed "The Freedom to Walk Act.".
AB2147 lets pedestrians cross the street outside of an intersection when it's safe to do so.
It also limits when officers can stop a pedestrian for jaywalking to situations where there is an immediate danger of a collision.
"It should not be a criminal offense to safely cross the street," Ting said in a statement.
His office cited a study of California Racial and Identity Profiling Act data showing Black residents are stopped 4.5 times more for jaywalking than their White counterparts.
A similar measure introduced by Ting last year passed the legislature and was vetoed by Newsom. »