Jay Walking Law and Legal Definition
The term jay walking refers to a person specifically a pedestrian who walks on the street or crosses the street without following any traffic rules like not walking on corners or footpaths, not crossing roads on cross walks or ignoring the signal lights. Jay walking is considered to be a misdemeanor if there is vehicle traffic or clear markings of a place to cross. The person may be fined and may be liable for contributory negligence in the event of injury to the jay walker by a vehicle. On the other hand, if the injury was caused due to the negligence of the jay walker, the vehicle owner can use the evidence of the jaywalking in his/her defense.