This LA Times letters to the editor (requries free registration — excerpt below.
I am very much in favor of any court decision that allows the handicapped the widest possible latitude in the workplace (“UPS May Appeal Ruling on Deaf Drivers,” Oct. 23).
However, I have concerns about total deafness behind the wheel.
In UPS’ case, its drivers are continuously exposed to every kind of urban traffic scenario including the frequent screams of emergency vehicle sirens, which could become a recipe for disaster to an operator who cannot hear them.
Alan P. Linsky
First he uses ‘handicapped,’ a most inappropriate term that needs to go away (including the name of the parking spaces).
I read in several places that people who can’t hear are better drivers. We’re not on the cell phone while we’re driving. We rely on our eyes more. There is equipment to help notify the driver if there are sirens nearby (I had one and hated it — it scared the heck out of me and it went off when there were no sirens).