Jaywalkers for a Good Cause?
By Martha Powers
Every year, I think this can’t really be happening. Volunteers at major intersections, strolling between cars at red lights, asking for donations to the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s “Fill the Boot” campaign.
Are we really allowing this?
I watched today as a firefighter held up traffic, dodged a car and ran to safety after the light turned green. I can’t help but wonder when someone will be seriously injured because of this absurd practice.
While I don’t want to kill a popular (albeit guilt-driven) fundraising campaign, I also don’t want to kill a firefighter or anyone else.
And I’m also wondering why these volunteers — who clearly mean well — aren’t guilty of “jaywalking,” which in Virginia is defined basically as “a pedestrian in the wrong place at the wrong time.”
If “the goose man” got a jaywalking ticket this summer for helping Canada geese cross the Fairfax County Parkway, why do we condone dozens of volunteer firefighters doing the same?
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