Dogs Friends & Family

The jaywalking wrap-up

I went to the municipal court on the 13th to deal with the jaywalking ticket. I should have known I was in for it when I got a really good parking place in spite of it being the first day that the legislature meets. I got there early and waited. The judge arrived, explained the procedure, and announced our names– instead of saying “here!”, we had to say “trial” or “prosecutor”. I chose the latter. There were three prosecutors there, all very young! When I was called, my prosecutor was chatty and sweet. Then she gave me my choices, which included paying $153 and staying out of trouble for two months to get it off my record. I asked if that was the deferral option, knowing that Dixie had gotten a deal paying $50 and staying out of trouble for two months. She said yes. We went back and forth– I explained that my friend had gotten her fine reduced to $50 and that I thought $153 was excessive for a first-time offense for something like jaywalking. Her reply was basically that everybody complains about every fine being excessive, and that someone had walked in front of her car on 8th street the other day and the city isn’t putting up with this any more. I whined some more about how silly this whole thing is. She came down to $100. I paid the fine and now I just have to stay out of trouble for two months. I haven’t gotten a ticket in 15 years, and all of the sudden I’m on the lookout for cops at every turn. We went downtown Friday night, and everyone patiently waited with me for crosswalk lights to turn even though there was no traffic. It was painful! No more trips to the illicit dog park for Sweetpea! (I hear that is $150 per dog!)

Anyway, if you get a jaywalking ticket in Austin, it is worth fighting! It was annoying to take a morning off of work for that, but I feel better that it will not be on my record and that the city did not make much money off of me. I was out of there in an hour, so at least it wasn’t an all-day municipal court adventure.

Also in today’s post, a free single!  Neko Case and her label ANTI- are donating $5 for every blog post with “People Got a Lotta Nerve” to Best Friends Animal Society.  I love her voice, and her love for shelter dogs and cats makes her even more awesome.  Click the photo for the mp3, or visit the ANTI- blog to listen without downloading.


  1. Bob Pool

    January 20, 2009 at 12:09 am

    One mistake and pow, you are out $100. I guess they just can’t write warning tickets any more. You’ve got to wonder just how perfect the cop was that wrote you that ticket, and the prosecutor. Nobodies perfect and we just shouldn’t be fined for every little thing we might do wrong. A warning would have sufficed just fine. You wouldn’t have done it any more and the court would have been able to take care of more important matters and you would still have your $100.

  2. Jenny

    February 1, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    I am sorry about your jay walking episode and thanks for posting about it because we had no idea that it was an offense. We are going to be mighty careful in future as it would really distress me to have to fork out so much cash. ( All I would be able to think about is how many plants I could have bought) I agree with Bob- surely everyone deserves a warning one time.

  3. jessica

    December 8, 2009 at 1:15 am

    are the prosecutors nice?

  4. Cody

    March 31, 2017 at 2:24 am

    It might be annoying to get a ticket for jay walking but if you do the crime, pay the fine, suck it up and stop whining! In the past 2-3 years there has been an increase in traffic fatalities because people don’t want to wait for the light to turn green or use a crosswalk. Jay walking / rolling the dice in an attempt to get somewhere faster might not be worth it. The jay walking issue goes hand-in-hand with distracted drivers who are not using hands-free devices to talk on cell phones or are otherwise distracted. Think about it the next time you jay walk in the middle of the street because your’re in a hurry. Next time, you could still be in hurry – – to the hospital to have your life saved or on the way to the morgue and that would be a real drag. You won’t “get it” until you or a loved one get hit while jay walking.

    Learn to embrace using marked crosswalks and stop jay walking (it could save your life).

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