Helping kick off the holiday shopping season, L.A. has upped the cost of a jaywalking ticket to $190. Police claim that the increase is intended to discourage criminals and prevent accidents. An LAPD spokesperson said, “This is about preventing thefts and robberies. Jaywalking is often done by thieves, purse snatchers and robbery suspects to target their victims.”
Los Angeles, like many other cities, has been boosting the cost of tickets during the nation’s economic downturn, apparently insensitive to the economic woes of its residents. The cost of a parking ticket has increased 25% since 2008 to $50, and tickets for minor infractions such as a broken tail light, have doubled.
Police have not commented on whether those increases are intended to reduce crime.