Cuffed for a Crosswalk: DIY Traffic Safety Intervention Gets Man Arrested

The arrest of a Vallejo, California man for painting a crosswalk at a dangerous intersection near his home is the latest guerrilla urbanist intervention to run afoul of the law.
June 4, 2013, 10am PDT | Jonathan Nettler | @nettsj
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"A Vallejo man took his concerns about pedestrian safety into his own hands by painting his own crosswalk, much to the chagrin of Vallejo Police," reports CBS's Sacramento affiliate. "Anthony [Cardenas] lives on a busy, four-lane Vallejo street and he decided he was going to do something for the pedestrians. In the name of safety, he grabbed some paint Thursday morning and hand-painted his own crosswalk."

“I tried helping my community out,” he said. “I got tired of seeing people get run over here all the time.”

"However well intended, cops arrested Anthony for felony vandalism, and Caltrans had to chip the paint out of the street."

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Published on Friday, May 31, 2013 in CBS Sacramento
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