[tabi] Re: Fw: comments posted on wctv site ref my accident

  • From: "Easy Talk" <Easytalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 7 Aug 2013 06:53:46 -0400

Hi Tinetta,

Thanks for your and NFB's endeavors to make people and law enforcement aware of 
the white Cane Law.  The more people and organizations that get involved, the 
better job we will do.  I think we certainly need to do something at the 
intersection of Killearn Center Blvd. and Village Square since 3 violations 
resulting in injury have occurred and it is a small intersection where this 
should absolutely not happen.  Since Publix moved to there current location 
traffic on Village Square has had a major increase with large trucks that 
deliver to Publix.  Also there is a bus stop about 20 yards to the left of 
where I was hit.  It would have been pretty interesting if the bus had been 
stopped to load passengers. Aside from that it would be an easy location for 
people who want to participate.  

I also think if you have a problem in a certain area, that area needs to be 
addressed first since you are more likely to get the message to the people who 
are causing the problem.

I am also thinking about getting signs or t shirts that would have a picture of 
a policeman and would say
Protect and serve
please enforce the pedestrian safety and White Cane laws of Florida
Or some thing like that.

When I spoke to South Eastern, there was a mention of them giving Sherman a 
Medal of Honor, I am not sure if Karen was kidding or serious but if it does 
happen a lot of our friends want to have some type of ceremony for him.  I 
would like to have the chief of police present the award and if we could get 
the press, we just might make a difference in Tallahassee at least.

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Tinetta Cooper 
  To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
  Sent: Wednesday, August 07, 2013 3:26 AM
  Subject: [tabi] Re: Fw: comments posted on wctv site ref my accident

  There have been a lot of comments posted about the article regarding Robert’s 
near death experience. The Tallahassee NFB chapter is offering a chance to 
bring the white cane law to the public’s attention. We’re holding a white cane 
event on August 17 ath the intersection of N. Monroe and Tennessee Street. This 
is not the first walk we’ve sponsored beside the official white cane day in 
October. We’re making an effort to change what it means to be blind. The 
Tallahassee Police Department will be involved, and we’re working on coverage 
by the Democrat. Come out and join us from 10 a.m. to noon.

  I’m taking the liberty to supply Johnnie Slaton’s email address for more 



  Ciao for now,




  From: tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf 
Of Lynn Evans
  Sent: Monday, August 05, 2013 3:53 PM
  To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  Subject: [tabi] Re: Fw: comments posted on wctv site ref my accident


  Hello all: 


  Using the word “retargeted” in this day and time is like using the “N word” 
Both are highly offensive to specific groups of people. So in expressing your 
outrage at Roberts situation please choose your words wisely. The people making 
disparaging comments are a far cry from bing intellectually challenged.  They 
are quite aware of what they are writing and their goal is to provoke a 
response and not to move the dialog along in any positive way.  


  The White Cane Law is what it is. The blind community needs to promote the 
awareness of the law. Unfortunately the only time the law is brought to the 
public’s attention is the White Cane Day in October and whenever a blind person 
gets knocked down or run over by a vehicle.   


  Anyone care to picket the intersection at Village Square for an hour or more. 
I don’t care to do it all by myself. If you let me know the date and time I can 
meet you there. After all there is safety in numbers.  



  From: Governor Staten 

  Sent: Monday, August 05, 2013 1:02 PM

  To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 

  Subject: [tabi] Re: Fw: comments posted on wctv site ref my accident


  These guys are obviously retarded in some fundamental way. They must think 
that the disabled are somehow not human, or without intellect. Incredible!!

  On 8/5/2013 11:40 AM, Easy Talk wrote:


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

    From: Easy Talk 

    To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 

    Sent: Monday, August 05, 2013 11:31 AM

    Subject: Fw: comments posted on wctv site ref my accident



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

    From: Easy Talk 

    To: fcb-l@xxxxxxx 

    Sent: Monday, August 05, 2013 7:28 AM

    Subject: comments posted on wctv site ref my accident


    Thought I would post the comments to save you all the trouble of finding 
them your self since the site isn't all that friendly.


    Just another agenda just like the bicyclisyts who want to own the roadways. 
Why is
    it that when just one person has a problem or an issue, the whole world has 
to change
    their ways to accommodate them? The white cane law is stupid and dangerous. 
    flowing smoothly suddenly having to stop at a green light because someone 
    a white cane and just walks in to the road is ridiculous!
    Blink Blogger
    I'm Robert's sister, and it's pretty disheartening to see
    the ignorance and lack of understanding displayed in so many comments of
    presumably perfectly sighted individuals! Being blind myself and using a 
    cane instead of a guide dog, I've also had two potentially life threatening
    experiences when crossing at the intersection of Crawfordville Highway and
    Capital Circle because of drivers who didn't even slow down when making a 
    turn on red, much less come to a full stop or "yield the right-of-way"
    (including a dump truck). So I wonder just how many of us will have to be
    seriously injured or even killed before SOMEONE DOES SOMETHING about the
    obvious danger for visually impaired pedestrians!
    Despite being forced to accept a certain level of dependence
    as the result of our blindness, it seems that doing our utmost to maintain 
    much independence as possible when it comes to simply going to the grocery
    store and performing other necessary
    daily activities would be an admirable trait, rather than a matter of such
    ridicule or idiotic commentary. Instead, why doesn't a blind man being 
    killed through no fault of his own and because (as the driver himself told 
    police officer) a driver didn't see him (even though he was crossing the 
    in plain view) get the attention of those who have the ability to make 
    that could literally save someone else from a worse outcome than what 
    to my brother yesterday? And since both
    Robert and my sister-in-law have previously been hit by cars at the same 
    it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that the odds of their 
    safe crossing there are not good.
    So I'll conclude with a few constructive suggestions for our
    state and/or local law makers to consider. First, is the convenience of 
    being able to make a right turn on red worth more than the potential loss of
    life or serious bodily harm it poses to all pedestrians, and even more
    particularly to those who are blind, elderly and otherwise disabled? I don't
    think so. And if even our police officers aren't aware of the White Cane 
    along with every driver the reporter asked about it yesterday, we 
desperately need
    some kind of public service announcements to better inform the public and 
    them to the need to be on the lookout for blind and otherwise disabled 
    Additionally, since NONE of the drivers questioned yesterday (including
    multiple police personnel) were even aware that Florida law requires them to
    come to a full stop AND TO YIELD THE RIGHT-OF-WAY whenever a blind 
pedestrian utilizing
    a guide dog or white cane is crossing the street (even though that's clearly
    stated in the current Florida Driver Handbook in Sections 5.16.3 and 
    the White Cane Law is obviously given woefully insufficient attention when 
    take the required test to obtain a Florida driver's license. And since my
    brother literally had to fight for the truck driver to be given a ticket,
    perhaps much more serious penalties and fines should be imposed and 
    whenever any driver fails to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians as 
    by the White Cane Law. Finally, since the
    truck driver admitted that he never even saw my brother, I can't help
    wondering if he was texting or reading a text message at the time of the
    incident since I'm not aware of anything that would have obstructed his 
view. However,
    I am personally aware of several serious auto accidents caused by a 
driver's texting,
    so perhaps it's time to require that the cell phone records of all drivers
    involved in accidents be examined to determine if they were texting and to
    impose very heavy mandatory fines and penalties if that's the case. After 
    ever sent or received in a text message is worth the potential serious 
    harm or death of another person just because a driver isn't paying proper
    attention while driving!
    Steve Montgomery
    As you can see from the post history below that there are most people that 
    what you're saying, and feel bad for what nearly happened to your brother. 
They support
    your view and what you're trying to do. Two avenues for you to consider are 
the news
    stations and the state. If it's important enough to you then you should 
pursue it.
    More laws aren't the answer. Awareness and education can probably do a lot 
a more.
    Most good people will respond favorably to that.
    Sadly, there will always be those who hide behind keyboards and post their 
    Don't let them deter or draw you into the back and forth. That's the only 
way they
    win. They'll never admit to you that their life essentially sucks. You can 
    assume they have self-esteem issues. They're nothing more than internet 
    It's why you see them hide their names and post the things they do.
    The Idiot
    Hold on a minute, how did this guy know it was a truck, how did he even 
know he was
    almost ran over if he's blind. Im calling BS on this, do we have video from 
the traffic
    cams or something. Now all of a sudden this guy can tell what kind of 
vehicle almost
    hit him. BS
    Mrs Moore
    He could probably hear it.
    Are you deaf?
    The Idiot
    Little hard of hearing from working around heavy machinery, but not enough 
to claim
    a disability or get one of those cool talk to text phones. I just see this 
as more
    of an agenda piece than an actual story, but to add that the blind guy said 
a truck
    "almost" hit him, hmmmm, could have been a hoopty with a ragged muffler. I 
    did the person passing him, the one that "almost" hit him scream out " I'm 
    a truck!"? Did someone tell him that he almost got ran over by a truck.
    You need to get 'em checked -- I can tell between 4 and 18 wheels literally 
a half
    mile distant -- and up close can discern 10, not to mention load 
    No telling what a guy blind from birth can do.
    The Idiot
    Oh I agree with the semi part, I could hear the low rumble from a concrete 
    from 3 miles out, makes my back hurt just thinking about it, but the truck 
    just kinda fishy
    I know this guy. See him at least two or three times a week. He goes by the 
law and
    never goes over half mile from the house just to get food. I saw a comment 
from a
    guy named the idiot which he is and hope you go through the same thing you 
    The Idiot
    Oh , guess who didn't see the post? The one that matters most, the seeing 
eye dog.
    WTH, are you going to run oft and tell him I posted this?
    The Idiot
    Sheesh, I have a feeling you couldn't fit a toothpick up your bunghole with 
a sledge
    hammer, oh , btw, i'm reporting you for calling me names, you hurt my 
feelings, my
    mommas crazy and I'm not afraid to tell on you.
    Seems like it would be common sense to stop if a blind person, or anyone 
for that
    matter, is in the road! Why is a law needed?!
    Quick question: this happened a while ago but I want to know the answer 
just in case
    I see it again. Does anyone know who you report seeing eye dog abuse too? I 
was driving
    down john Knox and this lady had a seeing eye dog. Well traffic was coming 
so the
    dog didn't go in the street. The woman was yanking on the dog, cussing at 
it and
    telling it to go. The dog was scared and had his tail between his legs. I 
think she
    might have even hit the dog. How do you report someone for seeing eye dog 
abuse when
    clearly they need the dog? Do you call the cops or the animal cops? And if 
they take
    the dog away...won't she get another?
    Mrs Moore
    Awww that's terrible!! Maybe stop and ask her if she'd rather get ran 
    that's a tough one :(
    I'd have stopped and asked just what the hell she was doing.
    Wish I would have but I was in shock I guess. The dog didn't want her to 
get hit
    by a car
    I think you're supposed to report animal abuse to Animal Control.
    Won't they give her another dog? What if she does the same thing again. 
There has
    to be some sort of rules.
    I don't know. I honestly never even thought about this before! I always 
    this loving relationship between person and dog. I never even imagined that 
    people were abusing their seeing-eye dogs. Actually the whole story made me 
    humanity even more than I already did!
    The Idiot
    Lets sneak up and swap dogs on her, give her one that chases cars, hahahaha
    This comment almost makes up for the callous remarks you made above. This 
one made
    me smile. The ones above are just kinda cold. If the story is a slight 
    of the truth, it doesn't really matter, especially if it makes at least one 
    stop and think. I really do like you switching dogs idea, though! :)
    Maybe you can give her a cat....tell her it's the new thing. Or a seeing 
eye lizard...
    The Idiot
    Seeing eye fish
    Seeing eye tadpole?
    The Idiot
    seeing eye soap on a rope
    The Idiot
    give her a box with a furby in it and a rope to pull it
    Or a dead possum....just as effective.
    The Idiot
    Some people need to be hit, if she was blind you could have done it and she 
    be able to identify you :)
    Terrible. But I have to admit I laughed :)
    The Idiot
    Humor is such a fleeting thing, not everyone gets my twisted tang, you must 
    been abducted by aliens also, usually thats the only ones that get it.
    Impossible Idiot. I have watched many documentaries and black people don't 
get abducted
    by aliens, aliens don't even go to the hood. Last time an alien went to the 
    ET got shot in a driveby and his spaceship got stolen. A few days later the 
    was spotted with rims on it..blasting the new Jay Z album
    The Idiot
    Next time watch where you're going blindy Mc blind guy. :)
    Steve Montgomery
    Change your nic to "a**hole". "The Idiot" doesn't serve you well enough.
    The Idiot
    hey relax Steve, not like blindy can read this, thanks for sticking up for 
him on
    the forum, I just hope you dont trick this guy into thinking youre his 
    Steve Montgomery
    How crappy your life must be that you need to behave this way on a news 
forum. Keyboard
    commando = coward. Good for you. Moving on....
    The Idiot
    What? Guess you feel better picking on me hurting my feelings on the forum, 
I guess
    none of your friends ever mess with you about any of your non perfect 
    I've got friends with no legs and missing digits and have no qualms asking 
for a
    high 4 or making cheaper sock jokes, one pair last twice as long. Ok if 
this will
    make you feel better, I'll apologize to your pal, ... .... .. .... .... 
.... .....
    . . ... . Will you be my fren now?
    What an awesome doggie!
    Good puppy! Well trained and well worth the investment.
    Can anyone tell the difference between a person walking his dog or a seeing 
eye dog
    doing their job? I know about the white cane law, but to be able to tell 
the difference
    between a seeing eye dog and a dog walking is nearly impossible.
    Maybe if the guy had the cane, it would have been different.
    A person just walking his dog will usually just use a leash. Seeing eye 
dogs will
    typically be on a U shaped harness.
    Atta boy Sherman! Good dog! Glad you're all OK.
    As to the White Cane Law, I don't know how anyone can expect 30 tons of 
truck to
    come to a halt in time to prevent tragedy. Kinda like really expecting a 
    intersection to become a four-way stop during a power-failure.
    Not only do I know how, but I expect it too. How about people driving 
vehicles have
    some situational awareness for walkers, joggers, canes, doggies, no power, 
    etc.? Secondly, don't drive at an excessive rate of speed, you're breaking 
the law
    if you do (remember the speed limit is max authorized speed in perfect 
    Third, be in control of your vehicle (if you can't stop in time, you 
weren't). How
    hard is that?
    Steve Montgomery
    It's not an unrealistic expectation. This pedestrian didn't just jump out 
into the
    intersection expecting everyone to come to a quick stop. The solution is 
really very
    simple: EVERYONE needs to slow down, pay attention, be responsible, and be 
    It really is not that hard.
    Gretchen Washington
    Walking around in ritchie rich repubic-an side of town you will hit, they 
all talk
    on cell phone and there fancy cars.
    Seriously... how sad and pathetic is your life? I suppose you have a point, 
in a
    way, though. A person is probably more likely to get hit by a "fancy car" 
in that
    area versus a hoopty on the South side. The distraction by being on a cell 
    is probably about equal, if not a bit more so on the South side with 
    I won't go into. However, you neglected to mention the much higher 
likelihood of
    one being gunned down in a drive-by on the South side and in the hoods...
    Jealous much? How about "justification for education" these so called 
"rich" people
    are not all republicans. They are all from different political backgrounds, 
    and religions. They have educated themselves so they may get the high 
paying jobs
    and afford the nice cars on the nice side of town.
    The good news is they generally have money and a decent amount of car 
insurance so
    you -- or your family -- are gonna get paid. Better than what I can say for 
the other
    side of town.
    Aww you are just mad because they are functionally literate and you are not.
    Not likely she's aware of that. She's not aware of much, it appears. It's 
so bad,
    it may be an act.
    Just possibly an act. Remember tony? "Steeling jobs"?
    Same same.


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