|September 18, 2002|
My name is Kevin Kraly, and I am one of many blind pedestrians whose safety will be affected by your decision whether or not to encourage the installation of audible signals at intersections. I feel that these audible signals are very important to all blind pedestrians! Traffic patterns aren't always the same, and the lack of traffic is just as important. If there is no traffic at all, it is impossible to know whether the light is green or red. If an audible signal is present, it's much easier to determine when it's safe to cross, and the chances of Walking out into an intersection against the light are slim to none. There are also intersections with signals for left turn traffic which can sometimes be mistaken for a green light. This is another situation where an audible signal would be of great help to any blind pedestrian. Intersections involving more than two streets can present mass confusion and great danger to blind pedestrians also. We need all of the help that we can get! Without these devices, it would be impossible to navigate many intersections, much like it is when drivers have to go through a city where all of the traffic signals are broken. We, the blind pedestrians in America, are just asking for a signal of our own!
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