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October 10th, 2019

Brisbane jaywalking

I'm told there's a reason for 'good behavior': "the rangers will lurk and fine you". I did find multiple articles about anti-jaywalking enforcement campaigns by Australian cities, with fines as high as $150 in the Northern Territory, which also includes vague clauses that make harassing and arresting aborigines easier.

Though I also learned it's explicitly legal to cross a street at least 20 meters away from a crosswalk. (I've been using jaywalking to specifically mean crossing a "don't walk" signal.) Given how long some of the signals are, it would almost be worth making the detour, if you were at a street with low enough traffic to make that safe but were still afraid of cops.

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