September 26, 2002
To Whom It May Concern:
I am blind, but I am also an American taxpayer! I am strongly opposed to
your June 17 proposed rules which would require that, to "help" the blind,
our government would require detectable warnings at every street corner or
accessible traffic signals at every traffic light.
What blind people need is high-quality training, not gadgets and gimmicks!
The enormous financial cost to the American taxpayer far outweighs any
supposed benefit to the blind. Trained blind people cross busy streets
"just as they are" every day, but an outraged American taxpayer won't be so
eager to hire them if this high cost is heaped upon them.
In conclusion to this proposal, I do not believe that the installation of
this device in traffic-lights will benefit me personally. I have traveled
in many cities and have crossed many streets. Therefore, I think this
expense is a waste of money. It will be better if the money would be use to
help the blind in other areas.