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Health And Safety Overregulation, Michael Lewyn Jan 2017

Health And Safety Overregulation, Michael Lewyn

Michael E Lewyn

Anti-jaywalking laws are designed to protect the safety of pedestrians. Similarly, police and child protection officials punish parents who allow their children to walk to school, in the name of child safety. This speech criticizes these policies and their justifications.


The Criminalization Of Walking, Michael Lewyn Dec 2016

The Criminalization Of Walking, Michael Lewyn

Michael E Lewyn

The simple act of walking is sometimes criminalized in the United States. Anti-jaywalking statutes and ordinances—originally motivated by auto-industry lobbyists in the 1920s—call for fines and, sometimes, imprisonment for crossing the street. Additionally, some localities have interpreted statutes against “child neglect” to encompass a parent’s decision to let their kid walk outside alone. The result of this criminalization? Such policies have reduced pedestrian liberty, increased automobile traffic and pollution, and created a disincentive for physical activity in the midst of an obesity and diabetes epidemic. In addition to discussing these effects, this Article argues that the purported ...


2013 Planetizen Blog Posts, Michael Lewyn Dec 2012

2013 Planetizen Blog Posts, Michael Lewyn

Michael E Lewyn

My 2013 Planetizen.com blog posts on urban and suburban issues.


2008 Planetizen Blog Posts, Michael Lewyn Dec 2008

2008 Planetizen Blog Posts, Michael Lewyn

Michael E Lewyn

Posts on urban and suburban issues at planetizen.com