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Judge rules NYC crosswalks fail to protect blind pedestrians

Posted at 12:54 PM, Oct 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-20 23:27:23-04

NEW YORK — A judge ruled most crosswalks in New York City violate laws protecting the disabled by failing to properly protect blind pedestrians.

U.S. District Judge Paul. A. Engelmayer 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 only to assess liability.

"Most significantly, the Court finds, on the undisputed facts, that the near-total absence at the City’s signalized intersections of crossing information accessible to blind and lowvision pedestrians denies such persons meaningful access to these intersections, in violation of all three statutes cited above," Judge Engelmayer wrote in his decision.

The American Council of the Blind of New York, Inc., Michael Golfo and Christina Curry filed he lawsuit against New York City, the New York City Department of Transportation, Mayor Bill de Blasio and DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg.

A city Law Department spokesperson did not immediately comment.