[bct] Re: *** SPAM *** Re: Hybrid car silence, a fly in the ointment

  • From: Tim Cross <tcross@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 10 May 2006 18:28:34 +1000

Vince Thacker writes:
 > At the same time, any blind person will want to minimise the risks, so I'm 
 > not averse to using any technological help I can afford to ensue I stay 
 > alive. Currently that's only a pair of shades and a cane I can wave at 
 > people, and that does me for most things. I am glad we have in the UK quite 
 > a lot of walk/don't walk style crossings, some of which vibrate underneath 
 > if they don't have an audible signal. That doesn't protect you from reckless 
 > drivers, but very little does, surely.

Personally, I think I'm to big and ugly to make a decent hood
ornament, so my strategy is to make sure I'm very clear about what my
intentions are when crossing the road. I think the danger is highest
when the driver is uncertain about what you are going to do. If they
see you and can see you are about to cross and don't realise they are
there, they will stop or swerve to miss you. The real danger is when
they think your going to wait for them and then you step out.....

As to how many people get hit - I actually know of three blind people
here in town who have been hit on zebra crossings - none of them
killed, but some broken bones. We don't have traffic lights and in all
three situations, the driver was at fault for not paying attention.
Not much comfort, but what can you do. 


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