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Blind Jaywalking PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 01 March 2011 14:58

Within months after David became blind in Vietnam, he found things aren’t always as they appear. One would think it’d be better for a blind person to cross a street at a crosswalk or street corner. It didn’t take long for David to realize that wasn’t true, even though blind training would teach crossing at a crosswalk. David found that jaywalking was much easier and much safer unless there was a lot of traffic and it was two or three lanes going in each direction. He found that he would only need to listen in one or two directions if he jaywalked. He did not have to deal with the rounded curves in the corner with the possibility of mistakenly walking in the middle of an intersection with traffic going four ways which imposed the biggest danger. Also, he didn’t have to slow down or wait for traffic; he would listen and cross without slowing down. In addition, the flattening of curves to make traveling more accessible for wheelchairs turned out to be a hazard for blind travelers. David simply found his own solution to the problem: jaywalking.