[tabi] Fw: Blind Tallahassee Man Has A Brush With Death At An Intersection

  • From: "Easy Talk" <Easytalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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  • Date: Mon, 12 Aug 2013 12:12:51 -0400

Thumbs up.  Thanks Mrs. Slaton and NFB of Tallahassee.

Please read at least the first 3 threads to get the whole picture.  The entire 
thread was sent with my letter.

Robert

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From: Ingram, M'Lisa 
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Sent: Monday, August 12, 2013 10:25 AM
Subject: Blind Tallahassee Man Has A Brush With Death At An Intersection


Good morning, Mr. Miller!

 

Thank you for taking the time to write the Mayor and City Commissioners about 
the "White Cane Law" and pedestrian safety in Tallahassee.  I have also shared 
your e-mail with Assistant City Manager, Tom Coe, who oversees the police 
department.

 

The Mayor has been approached by Ms. Johnnie Slaton about attending a press 
conference on October 15 commemorating the "White Cane Safety Law" and while we 
are unable to confirm his attendance at this time, it is on our radar and we 
are working with the Tallahassee Chapter of the National Federation of the 
Blind to bring attention to the matter.

 

Thank you again for bringing this matter to our attention.

 

M'Lisa Ingram

Administrative Assistant to Mayor Marks

City of Tallahassee, Florida

300 S. Adams Street

Tallahassee, FL 32301

850-891-8179

Mlisa.Ingram@xxxxxxxxxx

 

 

 

 

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Dear Commissioners,

 

My name is Robert Miller and I am the guy that got Hit at the intersection of 
Killearn Center Blvd and Village square on Aug 6th.  Pedestrian safety is a 
serious problem in Tallahassee and as you will see, the blind community hasn't 
had much luck with the Police department.  I hope you will take the time to 
read all the email posted on a local list serve for the blind community and 
take quick and firm action in convincing the police department that this is a 
serious problem and demands priority attention.

 

If you would like to talk to me, I can be reached at phone 9069821.

 

Thanks for your attention to this matter.

 

Robert Miller

 

----- Original Message ----- 

From: Easy Talk 

To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 

Sent: Monday, August 12, 2013 7:33 AM

Subject: [tabi] Re: Fw: [fcb-l] Fw: Blind Tallahassee Man Has A Brush With 
Death At An Intersection

 

Hi Evelyn,

 

Thanks for your concern.

 

You make a couple of interesting points in your post I would like to comment on.

 

. Over the years as a mobility instructor, I've seen drivers do so many crazy 
things and have seen the White Cane Law broken on a regular basis. When I'm 
teaching my clients street crossing skills, I explain the White Cane Law and 
what drivers are SUPPOSED to do but I tell them, unfortunately, to not count on 
anyone doing it!

 

You as a mobility instructor and being a sighted person and employed by the 
light house would be just the person to go to the police department to educate 
law enforcement on a local community problem. Since my accident, on two 
occasions since I have crossed at the same intersection, I have counted 7 
violations and at $75 a pop, that would have been $525 income for the city 
which would almost pay an officer's salary for a week.  FCB has had a bill 
introduced to  the legislators  for the past 3 years which has never made it 
out of committee so it is pretty apparent we aren't going to get any thing done 
on a state level but if we are persistent with the city of Tallahassee we might 
make a difference on a local level.  I also think we aren't going to make it 
happen based on the White Cane Law

but we can make it happen based on the Florida Pedestrian Safety Law which 
clearly states that a pedestrian has the right of way as long as they are 
following the traffic signal and clearly states that a vehicle must yield to 
the pedestrian meaning if a pedestrian is crossing a intersection, vehicles 
turning right on red must yield to the pedestrian and the same for a vehicle 
turning right on green. Just think of the thousands of tickets the city could 
issue. 

I read an article in the Democrat a while back that said 181 pedestrians were 
hit on Tennessee street from 2009 to 2012 and in most cases the pedestrian was 
jay walking and in that case the pedestrian is at fault and unfortunately this 
has put a bad taste in the mouth of law enforcement when the pedestrian isn't 
at fault which makes our job harder. About five years ago, TPD's lieutenant of 
operations came to a TCB meeting and the first thing that came out of his mouth 
was, I am sorry but I must say I didn't even know about the White Cane Law 
until just about a hour ago when I was preparing to come to this meeting.  
Later on in the meeting he said in no uncertain terms that the department had 
more in portant things to deal with such as face slapping.  Personally I would 
rather be slapped in the face than hit by a 18 wheeler.  He even admitted to 
texting on his black berry while driving.  How can you expect TPD to enforce 
laws they violate.  As far as I am concerned the attitude of TPD hasn't changed 
and that is what we have to make happen either through education or law suits. 
What gives TPD the right to pick and choose which laws they enforce or don't 
enforce, a law is a law.

 

I love the idea about getting into the high schools to educate students who are 
just learning to drive, as well as the idea of giving out cards with the law 
and the candy cane attached. Both would make a positive impression and be so 
memorable.

 

First of all this approached would take years to hav an affect and would do 
nothing to educate the majority of drivers that don't go to school and I have 
been told most schools don't offer Drivers ed any more not to mention the 
security clearances you have to go through to get in the schools now a days not 
to mention the number of schools in the state of Florida.  As far as passing 
out cards and candy canes, I think enforcing the law and giving violators a 
ticket would be much more memorable.  If a kid miss behaves do you give them 
candy.

 

I encourage all of you to call the City Manager's office and express your anger 
at the attitude of TPD and draw there attention to a serious community problem. 
 The city manager is the chief's boss and if TPD isn't willing to address the 
problem, the city can demand they do so or they can give the chief his walking 
papers.  I also think walking around Lake Ella on White cane day isn't going to 
do anything to solve the problem but a sting operation of ticketing drivers 
will certainly make a difference.  

 

Robert

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

  ----- Original Message ----- 

  From: Evelyn Worley 

  To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 

  Sent: Friday, August 09, 2013 8:22 AM

  Subject: [tabi] Re: Fw: [fcb-l] Fw: Blind Tallahassee Man Has A Brush With 
Death At An Intersection

   

  Robert - I'm so sorry to hear about this incident and am glad that you 
survived it without serious injury. Over the years as a mobility instructor, 
I've seen drivers do so many crazy things and have seen the White Cane Law 
broken on a regular basis. When I'm teaching my clients street crossing skills, 
I explain the White Cane Law and what drivers are SUPPOSED to do but I tell 
them, unfortunately, to not count on anyone doing it! 

   

  I love the idea about getting into the high schools to educate students who 
are just learning to drive, as well as the idea of giving out cards with the 
law and the candy cane attached. Both would make a positive impression and be 
so memorable. 


  Evelyn Worley, COMS, CVRT
  Assistant Director
  Lighthouse of the Big Bend
  (850) 942-3658 x203
  Fax (850) 942-4518

   

  Lighthouse of the Big Bend "Guiding People Through Vision Loss"
  3071 Highland Oaks Terrace, Tallahassee, FL 32301

    ----- Original Message ----- 

    From: Easy Talk 

    To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 

    Sent: Thursday, August 08, 2013 8:02 AM

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Death At An Intersection

     

    Hi Chip,

     

    Thanks for your input and I will try that as a last alternative.  I want to 
talk to the chief first.

     

    Robert

     

      ----- Original Message ----- 

      From: Chip Orange 

      To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 

      Sent: Wednesday, August 07, 2013 3:53 PM

      Subject: [tabi] Re: Fw: [fcb-l] Fw: Blind Tallahassee Man Has A Brush 
With Death At An Intersection

       

      Hi Robert,

       

      Why don't you consider trying to see if the local NFB and/or FCB will 
work with you on a meeting with the person who hires the "chief of police" 
position, to discuss the atitude of the local police?  The education and 
atitude of the local force falls squarely on the chief, and the person who 
hires for that position should be the one made aware of the chief's "lack of 
leadership" on this.  I believe the person who hires for this position is 
probably the city manager.

       

      I certainly hope this incident wil be something which will bring both 
consumer groups together, but if you have to, I'd ask for a meeting on your own.

       

      Good luck, and we're all glad for the miracle that kept you two from 
serious harm.

       

      Chip

       

       

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      Sent: Monday, August 05, 2013 11:29 AM
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      ----- Original Message ----- 

      From: Easy Talk 

      To: Kirk Harmon ; Mike Ulrich 

      Cc: fcb-l@xxxxxxx 

      Sent: Monday, August 05, 2013 6:49 AM

      Subject: Re: [fcb-l] Fw: [tabi] Blind Tallahassee Man Has A Brush With 
Death At An Intersection

       

      Just getting law enforcement to be aware of the White Cane law would be a 
major step and more important is getting them to have the right attitude.  In 
both cases where I was hit I had to demand that the driver be charged with 
violating the White cane law.  As soon as you ask the officer if they are aware 
of the law, they get defensive and cop the attitude that you are trying to tell 
them how to do there job.  The first time I was hit, the officer did charge the 
driver but when I got home, I got a call from the officer and he told me he was 
going to resend the ticket since the driver of the car behind the one that hit 
me saw me push the wrong button.  In my most recent situation, the officer told 
me she wasn't going to site the driver since he was driving a semi and they 
take more room to make a turn  and he was already making his turn when I 
started to cross the street which was a lie.

         The street I was crossing was 3 lanes and I was almost across the 
second lane and approaching the third lane when he made a rolling right turn on 
green.at which point when Sherman stopped, I was about 18 inches from the 
truck, As I was cursing the driver, a blinker sticking out about mid ways of 
the trailer hit me on the back of my right arm and knocked me down since I had 
Sherman's leash in my right hand.

        At some point I transferred Sherman's leash to my left hand and as I 
was falling, Sherman pulled me back and to the left which is what kept me from 
going under the truck.  The first thing the driver said when he got out of his 
truck was, I didn't see you man, I'm sorry.  By the time the officer arrived on 
the scene The driver figured out, it wouldn't be a good thing to tell the cop 
he didn't see me so he told her he saw me waiting to cross the street but he 
was already making his turn and basically I walked in to the side of his truck.

         

        When I tried to explain all this to the officer, she was having no part 
of it and kept saying what the other witnesses said of which there were 3 other 
than the driver and the 3 witnesses certainly didn't say to me what the officer 
was saying so I ask her what witnesses she was referring to and she said she 
was talking about the driver of the truck.  I ask her what about what I was 
telling her, that I was a witness and I was there and I was still alive.  I 
certainly got the impression she thought since I couldn't see I wasn't a 
credible witness.  This pissed me off and so I told her, lets look at the 
evidence and explained to her based on where I was hit by the blinker and   
where I was in the road there is no way the accident could have happened the 
way the driver said it did. After standing out in the sun for 45 minutes while 
the cop was in her car talking to her sergeant and dispatch, she came back and 
I ask her if she had read the white cane law she said yes.  I then ask her if 
she was going to site the driver and she said no.  She said I was free to go.  
I told her she hadn't heard the last of this and when I got home, I called the 
police department and spoke to SGT Simms and explained basically what I have 
posted here and he backed the officer's decision and even inferred for some 
time she didn't even know I was blind and the driver didn't either.  I informed 
SGT Simms they would be hearing from my attorney.  I called back a few minutes 
later to request a copy of the police report and by that time things had 
changed and I was informed that the driver had been sited for violating the 
White Cane law but they weren't going to site him for violation of the 
pedestrian safety law.

         

        Until we get the legislation passed we have been trying for the last 3 
years each incident will be your own battle but isn't going to do anything to 
change things state wide.

         

        If you want to read how screwed up what some sighted people thing about 
blind people and the White Cane law, go to wctv.tv and open the link to the 
article and then hit space bar on the like button.  the comments start after 
the third header on the page.

         

        Robert

         

           

               ----- Original Message ----- 

        From: Kirk Harmon 

        To: Mike Ulrich 

        Cc: Easy Talk ; <fcb-l@xxxxxxx> 

        Sent: Sunday, August 04, 2013 8:05 PM

        Subject: Re: [fcb-l] Fw: [tabi] Blind Tallahassee Man Has A Brush With 
Death At An Intersection

         

        Good for you Mike! As far as you your quest for solid white miniature 
candy canes attach to the law we did that in Orlando many many years ago when 
we went back to do it for the last time the manufacture of the candy canes that 
gave us white candy canes a quick Mcmanimon know we could get was the red and 
white or gray and whiiings. Good luck to you as I worked  hard on finding 
another manufacturer that would provide us with a solid white miniatur to no 
avail. As far as getting the public To become familiar with the Whit can e law, 
it will be in matter of consistency 
        by our law enforcement community to site people when they make the 
infraction of this law and to continue doing so here and you're out it is also 
a wise idea, I believe, to educate the new young drivers through high schools 
etc.. Consistency in longevity yin my opinion through these law enforcement 
efforts will be the only way people will actually realize this law is there to 
be followed I believe also we will save many many lives in the long run. Kudo 
to your efforts, Kirk
        Sent from my iPhone


        On Aug 4, 2013, at 7:35 PM, "Mike Ulrich" <mulrich@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> 
wrote:

          Holy cow Robert!

          Glad to have you back among the living breathing and still walking!

          Speaking of Too close for comfort close calls, I will be working with 
our City of Cape Coral Police Department's Public Affairs Officer; Lieutenant 
Tony Sizemore with a new program.

          This will be a program in which the traffic officers will be handing 
out warnings to motorists breaking the right turn on red law, and blocking of 
Pedestrian cross walks, that is, stopping past the stop bar.

          At least this is where it stands as of now. I intend on bumping it up 
to include educating the driving public on the White Cane Law of Florida. But 
it is now at the first step of the poker game! Know what I mean?

          What I'd really like to do, is to get the officers to hand out a card 
with the Florida White Cane Law printed on it along with a kind of candy cane 
type  candy, but  shaped like a white cane!

          I'm having a hard time locating a candy making company that could 
make these White Cane candies in bulk, at either a pro-bono price or at as 
little price as possible.

          The Police Department will be blasting out this program to all of its 
Social Networks and through the local media outlets as a program of the Cape 
Coral Police Department  in cooperation with the Southwest Florida Council of 
the Blind.

          They will be doing this program  as a two pronged approach. Starting 
right now, and during the week of October 15 National White Cane Safety Week!

          I am looking very much forward to working with the CCPD with this 
whole program, but it all depends on the driving public actually remembering 
not only the White Cane Law, but to look out for all pedestrians in general, 
and that's always the big crap shoot! Ain't it?

          Good luck to all, and let's be careful out there!........Mike

          Michael D. Ulrich

          President

          Southwest Florida Council of the Blind

          "Providing Insight for Blindness"

          Home phone: 239-540-7431

          Cell phone: 239-565-5845

          Email: mulrich@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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           Blind Tallahassee Man Has A Brush With Death At An Intersection 
8-3-13 11pm
          By: Bailey Myers
          August 3rd, 2013
          Tallahassee FL - A blind Tallahassee man had a brush with death 
Saturday at the intersection
          of Killearn Center Boulevard and Village Square.
          Robert Miller explained, "If it wasn't for him...um...you would be 
doing a different
          story."
          It's a story about his seeing eye dog, Sherman, who saved his life. 
Robert Miller
          has been blind since he was born, and has depended on his seeing eye 
dogs since he
          was seventeen, but on Saturday that bond between man and dog was 
tested.
          "He lunged to the left and back, pulling me away from the truck," 
Miller said.
          Miller also said Sherman stopped him in the middle of the cross walk 
before a semi-truck
          rounding the corner was able to fully hit him. Instead it only hit 
his right arm,
          knocking him over in the middle of the intersection.
          "And I've been hit twice at that intersection, and it could very well 
have cost me
          my life," said Miller.
          Both Miller and his wife Sila, who is also legally blind, take that 
walk every day.
          Hoping that people obey the traffic laws.
          Particularly one law, Florida's White Cane Law, which states: 
"Whenever a pedestrian
          is crossing... guided by a dog guide or carrying in a raised or 
extended position
          a cane... the driver of every vehicle approaching the 
intersection...shall bring
          his or her vehicle to a full stop. "
          The difficulty is, it doesn't seem like many people know about the 
law. When asked,
          'Have you ever hear of the white cane law' one passer by said, "No 
I've never hear
          of that."
          Eyewitness News Reporter Bailey Myers asked more than a dozen 
passersby, and they
          all had the same answer, 'No, I don't know it.'
          According to Miller even the police officer who arrived after he was 
hit didn't know
          about it either.
          Robert's wife Sila Miller said, "It's very frustrating when your 
independence is
          compromised like that by someone just being in a hurry or not paying 
attention."
          Both of the Millers have been hit by a car at that intersection. Now, 
they just hope
          Florida's Legislature addresses the issue and work to get the word 
out about the
          White Cane Law.

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