October 18, 2002
To Whom It May Concern:
I am a legally blind college student. I cross many busy streets every day.
Although I am fully capable of crossing these streets without audible traffic
signals there are many advantages to having these signals present. Several of
these signals were just put in by my campus. They have not only been able to
improve my sense of safety but I have also heard other students comment about
the convenience of the signals. I urge you to please understand that there are
those out there who are afraid of change and would wish that these signals not
be put out on the streets. But please hear me, many people will feel safer,
lives can be saved, and the confidence in travel of not just a few but all blind
and visually impaired people will be improved. No one is saying that by adding
these signals that the way in which we learn to cross streets will be changed.
These signals are just an added tool to improve our safety. No one will be hurt
by adding these signals, but the contrary can not in good concience be said.