October 24, 2002
I am a woman who is blind, who has raised five children and who is now
approaching 71 years of life. I travel independently in my neighborhood, in the
city and through train stations and airports. Because I am president of the
National Federation of the Blind of Connecticut I come in contact with many,
many blind people both in Connecticut and all over the country.
The idea of a variety of signals along with traffic sounds, not to mention
people sounds, is abhorrent to me, not to mention unnecessary. People who are
blind learn to listen for traffic, not bells and whistles - the latter only
confuse. In busy intersections a simple buzzer indicating that pedestrians have
the right of way either way is more than enough. To spend millions of dollars on
added "noise" at every street crossing without exception in the name of blind
individuals is a terrible waste of money..