Reality Check: Hearing impaired road signs may not be accurate

Hearing Impaired Road Signs May Not Be Accurate (WICS Photo)

If you drive, there's a possibility that you may pass a road sign that warns you of hearing-impaired children living nearby.

You can find two of those signs, planted on Cranmer Drive in Springfield.

"I've just not noticed them," said Beverly Coffin-Shymansky, who lives on Cranmer Drive. "I've just not noticed any deaf people around either."

Rose Kruger has lived on Cranmer Drive for 12 years.

"In 2006, there was a deaf child down here," Kruger said. "I'm not sure if there's still a deaf child."

NewsChannel 20 checked every house in the immediate area of the sign, and no one claimed to have a deaf child.

The city of Springfield's Public Works Director Mark Mahoney says its challenging to keep up.

"Typically we don't monitor," Mahoney said. "So, if a resident moved away and the neighbors do know, we'll investigate it."

Coffin-Shymansky says knowing the signs are there, without the presence of a deaf child, makes her wonder if they can be replaced with speed signs.

"Lets get some speed signs up," Coffin-Shymansky. "Sometimes its ridiculous."

Robert Lee Jones says he does not want the hearing impaired child in his front yard replaced. He lives about a quarter-mile away on Cranmer Drive. His daughter, now a 19-year old college student, is hearing impaired.

"That's alot of extra work on the city to put up signs and take it down," Jones said. "I wish they would add more speed signs because I feel like we aren't regarding the stop signs nor the hearing impaired signs."

The city of Springfield says there is a strict process in applying for a hearing impaired sign. The sign must be cleared by city traffic engineers and a note from the child's physician must be submitted.


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