COLIN Killick wants motorists to slow down and be more patient when pedestrians are crossing the roads.
Mr Killick, 70, of Miller, is a strong advocate for the Guide Dogs NSW/ACT's new "Watch Out Cane About" driver awareness campaign.
The campaign calls on motorists to be more aware of those whose vision is impaired.
Mr Killick has vision loss and uses a white cane to help him get around.
He called Guide Dogs NSW/ACT after experiencing retinal detachment. He was trained how to get around using the cane.
Mr Killick said he had experienced many close calls with motorists while he was crossing roads.
"Drivers don't give you enough time to cross the road," he said. "When the pedestrian lights start to flash red, the pedestrian with vision loss can't run across."
Mr Killick now crosses the road only when his wife Sandra is with him, because he does not feel confident or safe to walk alone.
He said there was a general lack of awareness from motorists about the white cane and what it symbolised.
"When you're a pedestrian with vision loss, you've really got to have your wits about you," he said. "It is important for drivers to let a pedestrian using a white cane finish his crossing first.
"There are different and strange curbs, some higher than others, and they are easy to trip on."