Do speeders or red light runners in Santa Fe get threatened with jail time and hundreds of dollars in fines? Do they face misdemenor charges? Who is more dangerous to others, a jaywalking pedestrian or someone barreling down St. Francis Drive at 50 mph in a 35 zone in 6,000 lbs of machinery and talking on the cell phone? Hence why I can’t understand the Santa Fe Public Safety Committee’s draconian approach, especially in a city where decent crosswalks can be few and far between.
From the Albuquerque Journal: “…Previous versions of the proposed “tougher” ordinance would have mandated that jaywalkers appear in Municipal Court and potentially face a fine of up to $300 and up to 90 days in jail. The Public Safety Committee approved such a proposal in November…”
While this committee suggested jaywalkers face misdemenor charges in court, your speeder in an SUV could mail in his violation. Just so readers know where Santa Fe’s priorities lie.
Fortunately, someone got the message that this looks bad for tourism, not to mention human beings: “The Finance Committee recently sent the ordinance back to the Public Safety Committee for what councilors said was clarification on issues, including whether the city’s crosswalks give pedestrians enough time to walk across the street.”