Florida’s pedestrian laws are often misunderstood. Did you know that the term jaywalking is not a legal term and doesn’t appear in Florida statutes? The term originated in the early 1900s to describe rural people who had just arrived in cities – “jays” – and did not understand the new traffic rules. Pro-automobile interest groups in the 1920s used the term jaywalker extensively as an epithet to portray what had once been normal (and legal) pedestrian behavior as reckless and irresponsible.
We hope you find the following pedestrian links to be useful.
ADVOCACY & EDUCATION
American Safety Council: A summary of Florida’s pedestrian laws