My shul has arranged that the cross-walk signals in front of the shul are automated on Shabbos so no one has to push a button to get a walk signal. This can be annoying for non-Jewish drivers who must wait an extra 45 seconds even if no one is crossing. Since I can get to shul without violating jay-walking laws, am I required to wait for the light under the concept of dina d'malchuso dina, or can I cross when I think it is safe? If so, what factors should I consider (e.g. setting a bad example for children)?
QUESTION 19: ABOUT JAYWALKING
Is it permissible to jaywalk and to walk against a red light even though it is technically illegal?
Some people claim that dina d'malchusa dina (the law of the land), applies even to these issues. I think it all depends. When the streets are empty and there is no traffic -- for cars it is considered a major offense to go through red lights even then. But for pedestrians, I don't think the government is that concerned. But when there's a lot of traffic, and people still walk in the street, and it makes your heart skip to see cars dodging the people, then it's a terrible thing to do.