Houston police have announced a major crackdown on jaywalking. Not a major crackdown on gang activity, but jaywalking. Although, to be fair to HPD, if any gang members don't use the crosswalks properly, they are so busted.
We tested it. We dressed conspicuously and crossed in the middle of the street outside our building. We dodged through traffic. We jaywalked in front of HPD headquarters. And couldn't get a ticket.
Our photographer, though -- who wasn't dressed as Uncle Sam -- at one point used the crosswalk after the light turned red. A cop on the corner, carrying his lunch, told him to watch out because "They're starting to give out tickets, you know."