Relief For Woman Ticketed For Walking Too Slow
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
July 13, 2006
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA--Mayvis Coyle, 82, learned earlier this month that she had been convicted on June 20 of jaywalking after a police officer said she took too long to cross a busy San Fernando Valley street.
But Superior Court Commissioner Jeffrey Harkavy decided to waive the $114 fine, the Associated Press reported.
Police said Coyle, who uses a walking cane, entered the intersection after the red "Don't Walk" sign started blinking. Coyle argued that she started across the street when the white "Walk" sign was still lit.
A motorcycle officer told Coyle she was obstructing the flow of traffic, and cited her on the spot.
Senior citizen advocates were reportedly outraged after learning that Coyle had been ticketed.
"How could she have gone any faster?" said Bill Daniel, chief executive officer of the senior services agency ONEgeneration.