October 21, 2002
I support the PROWAC report. I strongly feel we need to have detectable warnings
at places where vehicular traffic is likely to be found and we need accessible
I live in Ann Arbor, Michigan. We have a few of the devices and I can't start to
tell you how important they have been to my safety and sanity.
Ann Arbor is a college town. Some of our drivers are very distracted. The
talking pedestrian signals have made a big difference. That verbal cue seems to
sneak through their foggy brains and stop them from turning when they shouldn't
and running me down. It has reduced the number of accidents I have encountered
at the corner where I use the talking signals the most.
I need to cross very busy intersections where it is difficult to tell if it is
safe to walk. The audible signals let me know when I can cross. It has been
wonderful and I wish my city would put in many more.
If curb cuts can be made mandatory to help wheel chair users, why can't the
blind and visually impaired have these life saving devices?
Please help us stay safe and insist cities put in audible signals just like
cities put in curb cuts.