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  • n. A person who violates pedestrian traffic regulations by crossing a street away from a designated crossing or who walks on the part of the street intended for vehicles instead of the part designated for pedestrians.

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  • n. a reckless pedestrian who crosses a street illegally

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  • from Chambers dictionary: a careless pedestrian whom motorists are expected to avoid running down

    December 30, 2008


  • J's the jumping jay-walker,
    A sort of human jeep.
    He crosses where the lights are red.
    Before he looks, he'll leap!
    Then many a wheel
    Begins to squeal
    And many a brake to slam.
    He turns your knees to jelly
    And the traffic into jam.

    - Phyllis McGinley, 'J's The Jumping Jay-Walker'.

    November 17, 2008

  • “an alleged human being who crosses the street at other points than the regular crossings�?
    (Fort Wayne newspaper report from 1913) WWW

    October 19, 2008