|September 12, 2002|
My name is Donna Sanchez. I am a Legally Blind and a member of the Silicon Valley Council of the Blind which is affiliated with California Council of the Blind which is affiliated with the American Council of the Blind. I would like to let you know that I support the Public Rights of Way Advisory committee regarding detectable warning and accessible pedestrian signals which Charlie Crawford and Melanie Brunson from ACB sat on. Detectable warnings prevent folks from falling into subway pits and alert us to the fact that we have reached an area of potentially hazardous traffic flow. Accessible pedestrian signals help us to cross the street safely.
When I was in my 20's I was hit by a car. There were no Pedestrian signals at that particular time. Had the signals been there I know I wouldn't of been hit. As of today I still have back problems.
Please make sure there are pedestrian signals and especially detectable warnings because Blind people need them a lot in order to lead normal lives and to be able to travel where ever we need to go.
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