Coral Gables Cops Went on a Jaywalking Ticket Spree This Spring

Categories: Road Rage

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On April 1,a young man and woman were walking along Miracle Mile near Barnes & Noble when they decided to cross the street. They glanced left. No cars coming. Then they glanced right. Nada. So they slowly crossed the four lanes without a problem.

As they began walking along the sidewalk again, however, a Coral Gables bicycle cop pulled a U-turn, raced over to them, and screeched to a halt between the two pedestrians. In an instant he had handed them each a $77 ticket for jaywalking. "It was idiotic," says the woman, who asked New Times to withhold her name. "The cop was screaming at us as if we'd shot someone. Meanwhile, there wasn't a car in sight."

They weren't the only ones caught off-guard by the citation. In fact, Coral Gables cops handed out 28 jaywalking tickets during a two-month anti-jaywalking frenzy this spring. That likely makes Miracle Mile the worst place to (jay) walk in all of Miami-Dade.

Bizarrely, jaywalking is already in the news. Last week, Phoenix TV stations aired a video of Arizona State University police arresting and manhandling a black female professor after stopping her for walking in the street.

A video of Dr. Ersula Ore's arrest -- during which she was slammed to the ground by a male cop and handcuffed -- quickly went viral. Critics accused the cop of racial profiling, and ASU has asked an outside agency to review the arrest.

But the incident also exposed the arbitrariness of jaywalking citations.

"Are you serious?" Ore asked the cop. "I never once saw a single, solitary individual get pulled over by a cop for walking across a street on a campus, in a campus location. Everybody has been doing this because it is all obstructed. That's the reason why."

In Coral Gables, jaywalking citations appear to be equally arbitrary. Records requested by New Times show jaywalking tickets vary wildly by year:

2011: 58
2012: 104
2013: 14
2014: 28 (through June 1)

They also vary wildly by month. Coral Gables cops didn't dish out a single jaywalking ticket in January and February, according to Lt. Paul Miyares. But they issued 13 in March and 12 in April. Then zero again in May.

All of the citations were doled out on Miracle Mile, Miyares says.


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44 comments
Marilyn Milne
Marilyn Milne

Miracle Mile Coral Gables my favorite mile. Jaywalking???

marion_blohm
marion_blohm

Do they not have anything better to do? Seriously jaywalking wow really. Get a life cops and go find someone doing something like stealing or somthing else. Jay walking is not a freaking big deal. You just have to know how to do it right .

Marion Blohm
Marion Blohm

seriously don't they have better things to do. jay walking seriously is not a big freaking deal.

EmpressGucci JahGuide
EmpressGucci JahGuide

Just recently a friend and I witnessed two men sniffing cocaine off a mailbox on miracle mile during our lunch break!!!Where were the bike cops then???

Rudy Perez
Rudy Perez

Lol!! on this comments so much fun to read.

Tommy12
Tommy12

Elementary School 101 --- how to cross a street. Duh. Cross at a crosswalk for the safety of everyone (including motorists and bicyclists).


The people that don't cross at crosswalks are the some inconsiderate people that roam the airline cabin with the seatbelt sign on....hello, sudden turbulence and you will fly into other people injuring them. It happens. Airline attendants are trained to hold onto upper railings to minimize the risk so don't point to them as not following the rule because they are only up and about if they need to be in order to do their job or they would be seated and belted like everyone else......


The only problem with Miami is people that are not courteous and follow simple rules for the convenience of others (oh, and SLOW TRAFFIC KEEP RIGHT you idiots).

Gilbert Gonzalez
Gilbert Gonzalez

Coral Gables police must be arrested dragged and punch in the Mouth for stupidness.

Tommy12
Tommy12

People in Miami (and the Caribbean) don't know how to cross streets within crosswalks. So silly, they just cross wherever holding up traffic and causing accidents which raise insurance rates for everyone. Cross at a tricking intersection and stop being such lazy people.

Tommy12
Tommy12

People in Miami (and the Caribbean) don't know how to cross streets within crosswalks. So silly, they just cross wherever holding up traffic and causing accidents which raise insurance rates for everyone. Cross at a tricking intersection and stop being such lazy arse fuuuuuks.

Luiz Felix
Luiz Felix

Jaywalking is just plain ridiculous. Anyway police doing what they do...

Franco Lopez
Franco Lopez

You aren't required to speak to police at all, much less on public property. You aren't required to hand over ID or identify yourself.

Josh InSobe
Josh InSobe

They need to do that in Miami Beach! And 14 tick/month is hardly a frenzy.

Robin Steel
Robin Steel

They should ticket more before I run those stupid friggin people over.

Asilos Magdalena
Asilos Magdalena

uh... if you're too stupid to not know when and where you can cross a street and you need big signs and little blinky lights to tell you, you should probably get off of Facebook 'cause your mom's probably upset that your letting your breakfast get cold and you're late for school.

William Read
William Read

They should do this everywhere in miami!!! Cross at a cross walk and only when the sigh says you can. Plain and simple.

Neysa Bowles
Neysa Bowles

Marta Reyes Adamina Caceres-Naar George Edward Pineda Jr. Stacy Moya-Herveaux Kimmie Feria-Congdon

Sheila Sea
Sheila Sea

Alba Lu protecting the city from dangerous pedestrians.

Alba Lu
Alba Lu

Sheila Lilybeth Cordova ppppfffftttttttttt nigga plz

Andrew Foster
Andrew Foster

They have to pay for their bloated police salaries somehow.

Chgo Dave
Chgo Dave

Just make people to turn left into the left lane would be helpful ?

Tony Prieto
Tony Prieto

Biggest crime in Coral Gables is a commercial truck parked at a residence.

Jeff Dearing
Jeff Dearing

Gables cops need to ticket schmuck drivers who don't yield to pedestrians in crosswalks.

marion_blohm
marion_blohm

@Tommy12 and if there are no cars coming why am I going to wait for the light.. wow realy 

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