Measure will help blind cross streets

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Representatives Neri Colmenares and Teodoro Casiño. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Bayan Muna party-list representatives Neri Colmenares and Teodoro Casiño have filed a bill that would install audible traffic signals (ATS) at all crosswalks in the country for the benefit of elderly and differently abled pedestrians.

Colmenares said the ATS emits a sound corresponding to red, yellow and green traffic lights so the blind and the elderly would know when it is safe to cross a street.

“Since visually impaired pedestrians cannot or may find it hard to see the traffic lights, their safety is compromised as they are vulnerable to accidents while crossing the street,” he said in a statement.

According to the lawmakers, the ATS would also make the blind and the elderly less reliant on other people when it comes to crossing a street.

It would likewise make things safer for motorists and the public, as well as ease traffic flow and congestion, they added.

The bill would have the Land Transportation Office and other agencies concerned see to it that the ATS would be installed at all pedestrian crossings along with traffic signals to regulate vehicular flow.

Earlier this month, the Metro Manila Development Authority announced plans to install audio warning devices at pedestrian lanes in selected intersections in Quezon City and Pasig City to help the blind and other persons with disabilities crossing the streets.

Major cities abroad, such as Hong Kong and Tokyo, have the ATS in their pedestrian crossings. Leila B. Salaverria

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  • Hey_Dudes

    Naku puede po ba huwag na ninyong tangkain yan?  Sa ugali nating Filipino lalo na yung lasing at hindi maabala sa kanilang lakad, kawawa lamang yang bulag at tiyak na sasagasaan lang ng mga walang kaluluwa.

  • MULEN

    The cost of installing this devise apparently far outweigh whatever benefit it seeks to achieve. In the first place, even the blind and elderly beggars have companions because not only for convenience, the dangers for this kind of PWDs in the outside world are not limited to crossing the streets. I see this as nothing but again an attempt to gain “pogi” points in aid of election. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Chava-Chuchu/100001578337355 Chava Chuchu

      so nega

  • Mang_Ben

    Please include installing curb ramps to help wheelchair-bound persons and those with
    arthritic legs.

  • pabulaka

    Why not!!!! Put to use those pork barrels, congressmen!!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/flowsotelo Flow Sotelo

    Dapat ayusin ang sistema ng paglalagay ng traffic control systems… baka naman may ATS nga, pero dahil hindi maayos ang timing ng traffic system, mababangga din yung mga bulag na tatawid.

  • suroy_suroy

    Yes, in Hong Kong and Tokyo and other cities small or large, they have those traffic signals and drivers are diciplined to follow them.

    Not so in the Philippines, most drivers think traffic lights are disco lights in slow motion and ignore them and all other traffic rules and regulations.

    The blind will just be run over.

  • just_the_guy

    This is good. Any measure that will help persons with disabilities in their mobility needs is good. By the way, this will also help even those without eyesight disabilities.

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