In Los Angeles last week, 82-year-old Mayvis Coyle blatantly held up traffic while she shuffled across Foothill Boulevard with her cane. Coyle later claimed she did not have enough time to get across the five-lane boulevard before the light changed. Luckily, an LAPD motorcycle officer was there to deal with the situation -- by giving Coyle a ticket for obstructing traffic.
Finally, a police force that won't coddle the elderly jaywalker.
Another cop might have stopped traffic to make sure Coyle got across the intersection safely, which could have delayed drivers who were probably all on their way somewhere important by dozens of seconds, potentially impacting the already-fragile economy of the San Fernando Valley and so threatening our national security. All for some cane-wielding psychopath.
Coyle did find some other miscreants to back up her story. Edith Krause, 78, claimed she could only make it halfway across before the light changed, and she was in an electric cart. According to the Associated Press reporter, who seems to hate America, a group of high-school students recruited to test the theory were unable to make it across without running during the 20 seconds the light was green.
A spokesman, Sgt. Mike Zaboski, refused to comment and said it would be Coyle's story against that of the heroic "Officer Kelly." "I'd rather not have angry pedestrians," Zaboski said, "but I'd rather have them be alive." Coyle, who described herself as a Cherokee medicine woman, remained ungrateful and not willing to pay her $114 ticket. "I think it's completely outrageous," she said.
Zaboski said that police were "cracking down" on people who improperly cross streets because pedestrian accidents are up. A local councilwoman said she would be looking into the issue.
Link: AP via My Way News