Verna L. Dotson
October 28, 2002
Please do anything you can to see that audible traffic signals are placed at
intersections that have regular traffic lights.
My husband was totally blind, and for several years we lived in an area with
extremely busy streets and crossings that were at an odd angle. My husband had
vending stands in meat-packing plants, and he had to cross these streets every
day to go to work. He also had to cross these same streets to go to the grocery
store or anywhere else.
We finally had to sell our home and move to another neighborhood because the
traffic became so heavy that he was afraid to cross the streets. He was a very
good traveler. He used a cane, and people were always commenting on how well he
got around. But he was afraid of the traffic.
We moved into a neighborhood that had one audible signal at that time, in 1961.
Since then, the number of audible signals in this neighborhood has gone up to
about ten, and it really makes it easier to get around.
When I was younger, I could see to travel, but I lost all my sight as I got
older. I am not a good cane traveler, and I would never try to cross a street
without a buzzer light. There are many people like me who are afraid to travel
when they lose their sight, and without audible signals we are prisoners in our
I am also afraid of the curb cuts that don't have anything to let me know I am
on them. I am in the street before I know it.
Mr. Windley, young blind people who have good mobility training may not need
these things, but I do. Please help us old ladies have a little freedom without
being afraid of getting run down by cars we cannot hear or see. Thanks you for
reading my comment.
Verna L. Dotson