An 82-year-old woman received a US$114 (NT$3,700) ticket for taking too long to cross a street in California.
Mayvis Coyle said she began shuffling with her cane across a busy road when the light was green, but was unable to make it to the other side before it turned red.
She said the police officer who ticketed her on Feb. 15 told her she was obstructing traffic.
``I think it's completely outrageous,'' said Coyle. ``He treated me like a six-year-old, like I don't know what I'm doing.''
Los Angeles policeman Mike Zaboski said police are trying to be tough on people who improperly cross streets because the number of pedestrian accidents has been above normal. He said he could not comment on Coyle's ticket other than to say that it is her word against that of the officer.
``I'd rather not have angry pedestrians,'' Zaboski said. ``But I'd rather have them be alive.''
Others, however, supported Coyle's claim that the light where Coyle crossed the street does not give people enough time to cross the five-lane street.
``I can go halfway, then the light changes,'' said Edith Krause, 78, who uses an electric cart because she has difficulty walking. These women are not the only people who have trouble making it across the street. Sometimes the light changes too quickly even for high school students to make it across without running. It can go from green to red in 20 seconds.
Councilwoman Wendy Greuel said she has asked transportation officials to figure out how to accommodate elderly people.
``We should ... accommodate their needs in intersections,'' she said. (AP)
1. Why was Mayvis Coyle fined US$114?
a. She drove her car through a red light.
b. She walked across the street too slowly.
c. She rode her motorcycle too slowly.
2. Why are the police being tough on pedestrians?
a. There have been more pedestrians involved in accidents than there normally are.
b. There have been more traffic accidents than normal.
c. There have been more slow pedestrians than normal.
3. Coyle says that ...
a. the traffic laws are for six-year-olds.
b. she can only make it halfway across the street.
c. the light changes too quickly.
4. Who has the light been too fast for?
a. Only eldery people.
b. Only six-year-olds.
c. Elderly people and high school kids.