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Blind Child's Mother Wants Drivers To Slow Down

POST FALLS, Idaho - A Post Falls mother is trying to get a "Blind Child" sign put up in her neighborhood but is dealing with some bureaucratic red tape.

Fawn Owens' three-year-old son Alex was born with a rare condition of having no eyeballs. He is completely blind but still remains very active. He loves riding his bike and motorcycle in the front yard, but Fawn says they live on a very busy street and people drive way too fast.

"My biggest concern is that he may get out into the street accidentally, and maybe possibly looking at a car and they think he's going to stop because they see him and perceive he's making eye contact, but he can't see so he's not going to turn around the other way," said Fawn Owens, mother.

She really wishes people would just slow down and thinks a blind child sign warning drivers might help. Fawn contacted the City of Post Falls but they said they weren't able to put up a sign because they determined her house is not in their jurisdiction and have passed the buck off to the Post Falls Highway District. The highway district says Fawn can formally apply to have a sign put in along her street but there are no guarantees because they determine each application on a case-by-case basis.

Fawn says it's frustrating having to deal with all the different agencies and red tape for something that should be common sense.

"It's very frustrating because his safety is my number one priority, and he's a very smart child. He's learning extremely fast right now, but he still just doesn't understand the dangers of the street," said Owens.

Fawn says she is planning to formally apply for a sign with the highway district and hopes a decision will be made quickly in her favor.

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