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Across downtown streets, that is. If you're jaywalking, you could be hit with a $190 fine, according to the Downtown News, which reports on LAPD's amped up efforts at catching pedestrian scofflaws in the central city. The effort, according to the police, is to the ensure the safety of walkers in the Historic Core, and Jewelery and Fashion Districts. The Los Angeles Times, which says the tickets are $191, spoke to the LAPD as well and are told the crackdown also relates to combating crime. Lt. Paul Vernon tells the paper, "Jaywalking is often done by thieves, purse snatchers and robbery suspects to target their victims." [Downtown News/LA Times]