Marco Island City Council considers request for audible traffic signals

— Visually impaired or blind residents in Marco Island could possibly benefit from improved traffic signals that audibly tell them how many seconds they have to cross an intersection.

Residents Jennifer Griffin and her fiancé Vincent Castellano, who is legally blind, addressed council members on Monday, asking them to consider installing audible traffic lights in the city.

Noting that Collier County has two audible traffic lights, Griffin told council members that “it’s important for this kind of issue to be addressed although it may not have been addressed before.”

Griffin says her fiancé has difficulties walking to pick up his prescriptions from a local drug store.

“It can be difficult to travel in the sunshine,” she noted. “It can be difficult to see the signal and it doesn’t count out loud. How do you know how many seconds you have to cross that intersection?”

Collier County’s traffic signals were in compliance with state and federal mandates when they were installed, however, upgrades are possible.

Griffin and Castellano said the improvements would go a long way in helping people who are blind or visually impaired have a greater sense of independence.

Although upgrading every city intersection would be cost-prohibitive, council members agreed to discuss making select improvements at targeted traffic lights during upcoming budget talks, which will be held this summer.

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Comments » 4

happy6 writes:

YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING....i'm sorry that someone is blind..or deaf...or any other problem...but this has got to stop....the council cannot continue to look at ways to spend more money....where are the Boy Scouts?

Eagleeye writes:

Please stop the madness. Driving down Collier Boulevard is already a blinding blur of flashing lights. Every single surface has a light/blinker/distraction attached to it. These devices don't help pedestrians, they make it difficult for drivers to actually see people. Save the money. Save the pedestrians.

marco826 writes:

Madness. If our council agrees to this request, they should all be fired. Mr. Castellano, sorry for your trouble. its not the city's trouble however.

marcojerry writes:

WHY DO BLIND PEOPLE NEED AUDIBLE TRAFFIC SIGNALS??? I'M POSITIVE THAT IF YOUR BLIND THEN YOU CAN'T DRIVE A CAR!!! OF COURSE MARCO KNOWS HOW TO WASTE MONEY!!!

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