Deborah Kent Stein
|October 21, 2002|
At most intersections, audible traffic warnings are unneccesary and can even be dangerously distracting to blind travelers, as they mask the sounds upon which we depend for orientation. Similarly, truncated domes are rarely needed to indicate an intersection, as we can find the curb or curb cut easily using a cane or dog guide. In fact, truncated domes can become a hazard in bad weather.
The blind community does not need these costly modifications at intersections. Such modifications would be tremendously expensive and could even imperil the blind pedestrians they are intended to protect. I urge your office to oppose the systematic placing of audible warnings and truncated domes at intersections. Their construction is an insult to competent blind travelers and a waste of millions of tax dollars.
Deborah Kent Stein Secretary,
National Federation of the Blind of Illinois
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