The Surprising History of the Crime of Jaywalking

According to a 1940 study of hazard ratios by Northwestern Life Insurance Company, 'Jaywalking' across a busy American city street in the middle of the block is almost exactly as dangerous as if she were to spend the crossing time (15 to 30 seconds) in a European air raid. Bettmann/Getty Images

Nearly 100 years ago the crime of “jaywalking” was created. But do you want to know the most surprising part of the story? It’s the groups responsible for getting this law on the books in the first place. Listen in as the CarStuff hosts, Scott and Ben, take a closer look at the unusual history of jaywalking.

Topics in this Podcast: Pedestrian Safety, cars, Early Automobiles, dangerous, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Detroit