- Mayvis Coyle, an 82-year-old Cherokee medicine woman, started crossing a street in San Fernando Valley with her cane when light was green.
- When the light turned red while she was crossing, an officer ticketed her for obstructing traffic.
- The ticket is for $114.
- The police department says it is cracking down on pedestrians improperly crossing the street to prevent accidents.
My $0.02: Pedestrians are supposed to have the right of way. Though some people in cars might be inconvenienced, the light time should be extended to account for older citizens and other people with mobility problems. Besides, few could cross five lanes of traffic in 20 seconds without exerting themselves, including my out-of-shape geek self.