Can the police write a ticket for failure to use a crosswalk.

My daughter’s schools is a ‘school choice’, i’m not sure if its
officially a public/private/charter school if that matters. There is
a large median separating the school’s parking lot from the public
street. There is another large median/sidewalk separating the
parkinglot from the driveway in front of the school. The crosswalk
leads from the parkinglot to the school. A police officer recently
told me they would write me a ticket if i didn’t use the crosswalk
next time. I wanted to know if they had the legal right to do that.

Asked on March 4, 2016 under General Practice, Texas

Answers:

B.H.F., Member, Texas State Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

Jay walking (the common name for this offense) is not vigoriously enforced in most jurisdictions... but it's still an offense if you don't use the crosswalks.  If they have suddenly decided to go 'Barney Fife' on everyone and enforce an ancient, pedestrian offense, then yes, they could legally write you a ticket.  If they are serious, then you need to use the crosswalks.  If you have an issue with the policy, talk to the school administrators about changes needed to their policies and handling of parents for the offense of 'jay walking.'


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