So if you are stopped for jaywalking or driving with a broken headlight, the police can ask to see your papers.
by 1912, American English (said in original citation to be a Kansas City term), from jay, perhaps with notion of boldness and impudence. Related: Jaywalk; jaywalker.
To walk into or across a street at a forbidden place or without the right of way
[1916+; fr the naive behavior of a jay, ''rustic'']