A blind man states drivers are discourteous to him when trying to cross a busy Plano street.
Plano, Texas (WiredPRNews.com) – A blind Plano man is requesting more time for pedestrians to cross a busy street between light changes. As reported by WFAA-TV, Justin Maldonado says that the actions of drivers while he tries to cross Preston Road at Ventura Drive poses a threat to his safety, and has asked the city to extend the time pedestrians are allowed to cross.
Maldonado is quoted in the report as stating of the issue when he and his guide dog cross the street, “We’re moving slowly, because he’s supposed to move slowly for my safety… so people honk at us and they yell at us.” Maldonado is further quoted as stating of the treatment, “It makes me feel upset because I’m trying to get across safely. But those people are flying across Preston.”
Plano Police Department spokesman Rick McDonald is further quoted as stating, “The thing we need to be very diligent now is with motorists and pedestrians… Cross when it’s safe. Don’t walk in front of cars. And if you’re in a vehicle and you see someone in a crosswalk, use a little bit of safety.” Police are reportedly seeking to help the man find a way to resolve his issue.
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