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Blind Man Says Snowy Sidewalks are Dangerous

EAST COLUMBUS (James Jackson) -- Continuing coverage of the fallout from our latest's winter blast. If you're taking your kids to school or coming home from work, the snowy sidewalks can be treacherous. Now, imagine not being able to see what's in front of you.

ABC 6/FOX 28 talked to James Kulmacz, who is partially blind. He says walking to the bus stop everyday is a hard and dangerous task. "it's not too bad when you're in a residential area walking in the street but out here, it can be tough and go," Kulmacz said.

Kulmacz trudges through the snow using his cane. He says navigating around pile after pile is the hardest part. "Those big mounds can force you to walk into the street and that can give you trouble," Kulmacz said.

The city of Columbus says it's the owner's responsibility to plow their own sidewalks.

Jackie Lenard takes that responsibility seriously. She's the manager of Rich Tobacco Outlet, in East Columbus. "I'm worried about everybody. The bus stops. I don't see too many kids up here but that's what brought me out," Lenard said.

James Kulmacz hopes more people and business owners make the choice to shovel their sidewalks. He says it would his daily winter walking commute much easier.

The city of Columbus also asks when shoveling your driveway, do not shovel into the street or onto a sidewalk. Officials say that will make the area much safer.
 
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