Blind or vision impaired have near misses with vehicles

GUIDE Dogs Queensland has revealed alarming new figures showing one in two Queenslanders who are blind or vision impaired have had a near miss with a vehicle in the past five years while trying to cross the road.

Guide Dogs Queensland chief executive officer Chris Laine hoped a new Watch Out, Cane Out campaign, launched as part of International White Cane Day celebrations today, would act as a wake-up call to drivers.

"Interestingly, most incidents occurred when cars didn't stop or give way at marked pedestrian crossings or intersections controlled by signals."



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