|October 27, 2002|
Dear Access Board,
I'm a blind taxpayer and would like to make comment on the proposed guidelines to be amended to the ADA.
I find audible pedestrian signals to be a hindrance and distraction when traveling. They seem to give blind people a false sense of security and safety when the signals don't really do this.
The extreme amount of tax dollars that it would take to alter every intersection and most traffic signals is going to have to come from somewhere. I don't feel that we, blind people that don't want these or sighted people that don't know any better, should have to have increased taxes to achieve this. if it doesn't come from increased taxes, then it would probably come from reduced funding in other programs.
Audible pedestrian signals and detectable warnings are no replacement or aid in good mobility training.
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