CAPE CORAL, Fla. - Walking across the street - it's an act you may take for granted, but for the blind members of our community, it's a risky move.
So Friday, they're marking White Cane Safety Day in Southwest Florida and across the country.
The intersection at Del Prado Blvd. and SE 22nd Terrace is not exactly blind-person friendly. It's busy and cars often turn without checking to see if someone is trying to cross the street. That's why people were out with their white canes - trying to raise awareness that drivers need to share the roads with blind pedestrians.
The white cane serves as a symbol for the blind community. In fact, it's against Florida statutes to use a white cane while walking across the street unless you are totally or partially blind.
In Cape Coral, the city has installed one audible pedestrian crossing signal at 47th Terrace and Coronado, so blind people can hear when it's safe to cross the street... but sightless members of the community are hoping more will be installed soon. Those audible turn signals can run anywhere from 7,000 to 10,000 dollars including installation.
A city traffic engineer we spoke to says if a request is made, they will try their best to accommodate it, despite budget cuts.