Deaf Pedestrian: Honk or Holler?

What do you make of this sign: “Deaf Pedestrian”? What might that mean to you? Would you slow down? Would you be extra cautious? Would you even notice, or care if you did?

This deaf pedestrian sign is in my new Petworth neighbourhood and there is one off Florida Avenue at 15th. Where else might there be one? And is it respected?

Better yet, how do you respect a “deaf pedestrian” sign? Honking or hollering would be out. Might flashing lights or waving your arms be in? I ask this not as an ass, but as a hearing pedestrian and driver wondering what are the rules?

Are there specific Washington DC road rules when you see a deaf pedestrian sign? And why aren’t there deaf pedestrian signs all up and down Florida Avenue outside Gallaudet University? So many answers I desire to hear…

3 Comments so far

  1. Nobody (unregistered) on May 30th, 2007 @ 12:27 pm

    What you do is this: as you pass the sign, tip your hat to the local busybodies and politicos for coming up with a relatively easy way for them to make the residents feel they are being listened to and protected by their government.

  2. Brian (unregistered) on May 30th, 2007 @ 12:39 pm

    I’ve never seen “pedestrian” usually “deaf child(ren) at play” is what I’ve seen and I noticed people slowing down or craning their necks to be a little more attentive — at first. Then people revert to normal driving habits after a little while.

    While one hopes that all drivers stay aware of pedestrians and vice versa, maybe a sign like this will make some people think twice about trying to communicate with their car horns.

  3. mr. guy (unregistered) on May 30th, 2007 @ 2:48 pm

    Uh, it means be careful? They won’t be able to hear you if you’re going fast and honk at them.

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