Interesting thread. I didn't know either so I googled and found reliable info. from the lapd website.
"The peace officer cannot issue you a ticket unless you hold up traffic. In other words, if the walk signal is red and you walk anyway, if there are NO CARS in the street, then you can't be given a ticket."
FALSE (California vehicle code 21456)
"You can get ticketed for jay walking even if there are no cars anywhere near. The offense is walking against the light, not interfering with traffic."
TRUE (CVC 21456)
"As a side note - pedestrians always have the right away whether they are jay walking or not, so if you are driving here, be aware of pedestrians."
FALSE (CVC 21954a)
"As I understand it, under California law it is jaywalking if you cross mid-street only if both intersections are signals."
TRUE (CVC 21955)
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