October 16, 2002
The currently proposed regulations requiring audible and tactile warnings for
all intersections controlled by traffic lights is too costly and unnecessary.
With no new monies to pay for these items, the costs will need to be borne
within existing programs. With diminishing revenues among state and local
governments requiring these modifications will cause harm to other programs
seeking to increase integration of blind and visually impaired persons into
their communities. Conceivably lack of these signals could result in blind
people not being hired for some jobs as the worksite may not be in an area that
is perceived to be safe for them to travel in. Within an already unacceptable
unemployment rate of more than 75% this poses an unwarranted discrimination
against the population the regulations purports to enable.
Monies spent on improving mass transit and training programs that will hire
disabled workers will have far greater effect in the long run.
Please reject the regulations as proposed.