WALK WAY: Members of the Casino Vision Impaired Group negotiate Johnston St.
WALK WAY: Members of the Casino Vision Impaired Group negotiate Johnston St. Contributed

Walking for cause

A GROUP of blind and vision-impaired people have turned the spotlight onto a dangerous unmarked pedestrian crossing in Casino.

The Casino Vision Impaired Local Client Support Group marked annual White Cane Day earlier this month with a promotional walk across Johnston St, hoping to highlight the dangers pedestrians face crossing the busy highway.

While there is no marked pedestrian crossing on Johnston St between Hickey and Walker Sts, it is used often by school children attending the gym in Centre St and by aged and ailing people attending the medical centre in Johnston St. Blind and vision-impaired people are also known to cross there.

Many believe it is only a matter of time before a pedestrian is struck by a car because traffic is not obliged to stop or even slow for pedestrians at the unmarked crossing.

The Casino Vision Impaired group has been lobbying the local council as well as local state and federal politicians in a bid to have the issue addressed.

After the crossing, the walkers were driven to the Commercial Hotel by volunteers where they enjoyed lunch.

International White Cane Day is celebrated around the world on October 15 each year.

The white cane is used by people who are blind or have low vision, to give them mobility and independence.

Research indicates that the number of people in the community with poor vision is increasing as the population ages and with more seniors suffering macular degeneration.

Other common causes for loss of vision are glaucoma, retinitis pigmentosa, diabetic retinopathy and cataracts.



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