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

  • From: "Easy Talk" <Easytalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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  • Date: Mon, 5 Aug 2013 11:29:23 -0400

----- 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.


         ----- 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


    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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    From: Easy Talk 

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    Sent: Sunday, August 04, 2013 7:58 AM

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

     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 
    It's a story about his seeing eye dog, Sherman, who saved his life. Robert 
    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 
    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 
    is crossing... guided by a dog guide or carrying in a raised or extended 
    a cane... the driver of every vehicle approaching the intersection...shall 
    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 
    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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