Dominican Republic landmark law punishes jaywalkers
Santo Domingo.- Citizens often forego a pedestrian bridge and risk crossing the street, which leads to many fatalities in the country.
The new Mobility, Land Transport, Traffic and Road Safety Law 63-17 will punish jaywalkers with a fine of one minimum wage.
The rules for pedestrians are very clear: “the pedestrians will be penalized with the payment of a fine equivalent to a minimum wage that prevails in the centralized public sector, when transiting outside an intersection, pedestrian crossing or pedestrian bridge, If it exists, it will do so only perpendicularly and will yield to any vehicle that travels through said route.”
Likewise the new Law will punish any person who occupies the roadway of a public thoroughfare to hail public transport vehicles.