No more jaywalking warrants for DTES
A person jaywalks across Hasting Street in Vancouver, B.C. on Sunday Sept. 15, 2013. (CARMINE MARINELLI/ 24 HOURS)
Vancouver police have stopped issuing failure to appear in court warrants for unpaid jaywalking tickets in the Downtown Eastside after speaking with city prosecutors.
“I can assure you there are no warrants for jaywalking in the city of Vancouver, and there will be no warrants issued for jaywalking in the city of Vancouver to residents of the Downtown Eastside,” Deputy Chief Const. Doug LePard said Thursday.
“Regardless of whether there’s a summons issued or any other process, there will not be a warrant for failing to appear … when jaywalking is the underlying offence.”
He added progress has also been made to ensure women — who have a warrant out for their arrest — can report violent crimes through a intermediary at Sister Watch so they won’t have to speak directly to police.