In America, the term jaywalking refers to the illegal crossing of a pedestrian across a road. There are actually penalties for the crime should you be caught, yet they are rarely enforced. Jaywalking is a compound word.
In the early 1900’s a “jay” was a person who lived in the country, was not the most intelligent, and naïve about federal laws. This type of person would have no respect for the traffic laws that govern the country, yet were rarely enforced in the country, and would thus have no knowledge of the rule banning pedestrian crossing. Over the years, this word became compounded with “walking” and so a modern day jaywalker is technically an ignorant country person who doesn’t realize they are crossing the street illegally!