|October 23, 2002|
Please accept the following statement regarding audible traffic signals
and detectable warnings.
I have traveled as a blind person using a white cane for over 40 years. I was trained by an excellent instructor. She challenged me to always be aware of the environment around me and to depend upon
my senses to move successfully and competently from one point to another.
I have found that audible traffic signals are distracting. It is critical for a blind person to listen to traffic patterns; placing audible signals at controlled intersections should be determined on a case-by-case basis but only in unique and rare situations!
Attention and financial support should be given to quality training such as the training I received. With practice comes quality performance. Technology is fine and good but it should never replace common sense.
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