Mayvis Coyle, 82, of Los Angeles is world famous because of a $114 jaywalking ticket. The Los Angeles Times says that “editorial writers from Sacramento to Scotland” are defending her, and camera crews are showing up at her trailer to get the story. She was walking across a street, cane in one hand, groceries in the other, when the light changed from “Walk” to “Don’t Walk”. A Los Angeles Police Department motorcycle officer gave her the ticket, which she is challenging in court. The Times says that to her supporters, the case is about the rights of senior citizens and pedestrians everywhere.
Police say the officer saw her begin to cross the street after the “Don’t Walk” sign began flashing, signaling it was about to change. “While many people may look at that and say the LAPD should have a greater heart and should care more that this was an 82-year-old woman, our desire is that this 82-year-old woman, and all citizens of L.A., conduct themselves in a manner that is safe,” said Michel Moore, deputy chief of operations at the LAPD Valley Bureau.