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Sheboygan Police Department
Monday September 16th, 2019 :: 11:51 a.m. CDT


Patience and Caution are appreciated by individuals who are visually impaired and enjoying a walk.

A walk in Sheboygan may seem a simple enjoyment but when visually impaired it can be challenging if motorists don't employ patience and caution when approaching someone with a visual impairment.  At times, motorists may view a person who is recognizable as having a visual impairment.  Common indicators are the person utilizing a long white can or a guide dog, though not all persons with visual impairments may be using these two recognizable aids.

Many people with visual impairments have received orientation and mobility training, but this does not mean that motorists should forget to demonstrate patience and caution when observing a person with a visual impairment, especially at intersections.  Visually impaired individuals may or may not be familiar with their route and are continually assessing potential obstacles.  A visually impaired individual approaching or at an intersection is determining how to safely cross the street utilizing the crosswalk.  This determination may be by sound, presence of other pedestrians, scanning utilizing hand movement, etc.  It is at this point that the motorist must demonstrate understanding of the situation in order to allow a visually impaired person time to assess and safely cross the street within the crosswalk.

A walk in the city is enjoyable, let's make sure we give everyone the opportunity!  Practice patience and caution when driving.


Sheboygan Police Department
1315 N 23rd St
Sheboygan, WI 53081

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 920-459-3333

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