|Published:||Oct 16, 2012 7:37 AM EDT|
|Updated:||Oct 16, 2012 7:37 AM EDT|
FORT MYERS, Fla-- There are 4,000 visually impaired people in Lee county alone and every day those people cross busy intersections like US 41 and Gladiolus Drive.
That intersection was pin-pointed by pedestrians as one of the scariest and most dangerous to cross.. especially during peak travel times. That's why it was chosen as the site for Monday's white cane walk-a-thon.
The most important thing visually-impaired people learn to do is to listen to the cars running parallel to them.. therefore blocking oncoming traffic.
"There's an awful lot of people who go a good bit of their lives and never see people with a white cane so today they will have an opportunity to see a number of people in this situation," said certified orientation and mobility specialist, Mike Brust.
Visually-impaired and sighted people crossed from corner and corner of the intersection hoping to draw awareness to the safety concerns visually-impaired pedestrians face every day.
"Our motto is: keep an eye out for us because we can't watch them," said vision-impaired pedestrian Mike Ulrich.
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