On the origin of jaywalking laws


A key moment, says Norton, was a petition signed by 42,000 people in Cincinnati in 1923 to limit the speed of cars mechanically to 25mph (40kph). Though the petition failed, an alarmed auto industry scrambled to shift the blame for pedestrian casualties from drivers to walkers.

I don’t know how exactly I wound up with the “on the origin of” names,1 but I enjoy them so they’re going to continue.

  1. Well, obviously it’s a Darwin reference, but I’m not sure why I started making the reference. 

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