[NFBMO] Fwd: Article from Saint Louis Post Dispatch National News Section 2020 10 20

Fred Olver fredolver at gmail.com
Thu Oct 22 11:51:40 UTC 2020

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> From: NFB-NEWSLINE Online <publications at nfbnewsline.net>
> Date: October 21, 2020 at 8:09:58 AM CDT
> To: Fred Olver <fredolver at gmail.com>
> Subject: Article from Saint Louis Post Dispatch National News Section 2020 10 20
> Judge rules NYC crosswalks fail to protect blind pedestrians U.S. District Judge Paul. A. Engelmayer in Manhattan said the city has violated three laws protecting the disabled with its failure to equip most crosswalk signals to aid the blind or those with bad eyesight. The judge said it is yet to be decided what the ramifications of the ruling will be because the first phase of the court proceeding was to assess liability. A city law department spokesperson did not immediately comment. The ruling came in a lawsuit brought by a nonprofit corporation that represents people with vision disabilities. In the decision, Engelmayer noted that New York City has the highest population density of any major American city. Of the city's 120,000 pedestrian control signals, nearly all of 13,200 signals at 45,000 intersections only communicate crossing information in a visual format, the judge said. Those signals are inaccessible to the blind, he said. 
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