October 12, 2002
To Whom It May Concern:
I am sending this letter as both a concerned taxpayer and the son of a woman who
is totally blind. My mom has used her white cane to travel independently
throughout this state and nation for years. She has encountered audible signals
and detectable warnings at street crossings and finds them to be totally useless
and sometimes dangerous. She uses the traffic sounds to cross intersections and
finds that chirping birds only confuse the noise level at busy intersections.
It is my understanding that the draft guidelines intend to eventually place
audible signals and detectable warnings at every single intersection in every
single city. As a taxpayer I find this totally outrageous, and furthermore this
is an expenditure unwanted by those I know who are blind.