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

  • From: "Evelyn Worley" <eworley@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 9 Aug 2013 08:22:20 -0400

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 

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
  Subject: [tabi] Re: Fw: [fcb-l] Fw: Blind Tallahassee Man Has A Brush With 
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.


    ----- 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 


    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.





    From: tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On 
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    Sent: Monday, August 05, 2013 11:29 AM
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    Subject: [tabi] Fw: [fcb-l] Fw: Blind Tallahassee Man Has A Brush With 
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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.





             ----- 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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        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 
        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
        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 
        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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