The Jacksonville Metropolis Council president and different native lawmakers have referred to as for suspending the issuing of pedestrian tickets within the wake of a state lawyer’s workplace bulletin, the substance of which means that a whole lot of tickets had been issued in error in recent times.
Jacksonville Assistant State Lawyer Andrew Kantor on Tuesday issued a bulletin to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Workplace detailing the right enforcement of Florida’s pedestrian statutes — a doc that helps a current Occasions-Union/ProPublica evaluation displaying police have been issuing sure crosswalk violations in error, ticketing lots of of pedestrians for failing to cross at formal intersections even when no such choice was available.
“I’d wish to ensure that we’re implementing the legal guidelines appropriately,” Metropolis Council President Anna Brosche stated shortly after being made conscious of the state lawyer’s bulletin. “I do help a pause to be sure that every thing is being enforced that must be.”
The Occasions-Union/ProPublica evaluation revealed late final yr discovered that greater than 300 tickets during the last 5 years for pedestrians crossing streets outdoors a crosswalk resulted from mistaken interpretations of the relevant statute — errors that resulted in unwarranted fines and suspensions of individuals’s driver’s licenses.
Whereas the statute bars pedestrians from crossing streets outdoors formal crosswalks when they’re “between adjoining intersections at which visitors management alerts are in operation,” officers nonetheless issued scores of tickets to individuals who had no affordable entry to such intersections. Briefly, individuals have been being punished for failing to avail themselves of security options that weren’t simply accessible.
In the course of the Occasions-Union and ProPublica’s reporting on the tickets final fall, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Workplace stated it might search steerage on pedestrian statute enforcement from the native state lawyer. Kantor’s bulletin was his reply to the sheriff’s request. The workplace didn’t look at the tickets recognized by the Occasions-Union and ProPublica, and the bulletin doesn’t confer with the Occasions-Union/ProPublica findings.
It’s unclear what steps, if any, Sheriff Mike Williams will now take. In an interview Thursday night, Patrick Ivey, the sheriff’s workplace second in command, maintained that the state lawyer’s place was not a legally binding opinion. Ivey added that the state…