[tabi] Re: why so many pedestrian accidents; was Re: pedestrian/auto accident report yesterday

  • From: "Lynn Evans" <evans-lynn@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2010 17:39:48 -0400

The last time I went to the Senior Center I was crossing seventh and North 
Monroe. I had my cane out and two cars had pulled around me to turn right onto 
Monroe. I had just stepped off the curb and was standing in the street. This is 
just about 2 blocks from the police department.  

To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 

  Sent: Monday, September 27, 2010 4:17 PM
  Subject: [tabi] Re: why so many pedestrian accidents; was Re: pedestrian/auto 
accident report yesterday

  I agree with William here: police don't in force the laws regarding wrecklace 
driving, in my opinion, when it happens as part of a right on red, probably 
because they turn right on red themselves quite frequently, and figure it could 
have happened to them.


  I think it's happening much more often because of cell phones, and other 
distractions, although the right on red is just designed for accidents to begin 


  So, if it's happening a lot more often, and police aren't doing anything 
about it, it's a dangerous combination!


  The other times, when a blind pedestrian is involved, I think they 
automatically just assume the blind person can't see what they're doing, so 
probably stepped out into traffic at the wrong time.  You'd have to have 
several very vocal witnesses before you could overcome this prejudice.  
Therefore, I think the driver will seldombe be charged when a blind pedestrian 
is involved.





  Chip Orange
  Database Administrator
  Florida Public Service Commission

  (850) 413-6314

   (Any opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not 
necessarily reflect those of the Florida Public Service Commission.)

  From: tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf 
Of blindwilly
  Sent: Monday, September 27, 2010 3:36 PM
  To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  Subject: [tabi] Re: why so many pedestrian accidents; was Re: pedestrian/auto 
accident report yesterday




  I sure hope the driver is not connected with the police or there will be no 



  I have heard that people obey the laws that are convenient to them.   
Likewise, the police enforce the laws that are convenient for them.







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

    From: ericamccaul@xxxxxxxxxxxx 

    To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 

    Sent: Monday, September 27, 2010 3:07 PM

    Subject: [tabi] Re: why so many pedestrian accidents; was Re: 
pedestrian/auto accident report yesterday


    I'm hoping that the initiation of the red-light running ticketing program 
will help flush out the answer here.
    I certainly think driving behaviors have degraded since the advent of cell 
phones and especially texting! 
    However, I've also heard law enforcement's argument that they have "more 
important" things to do than catch speeders, etc.
    You would think that an increased law enforcement presence would in fact 
improve drivers' behavior. I will say that if my neighborhood is any example, 
it, sadly, does not. Cops are out in force many, many days in the school zone 
near my home... and I see at least 2 cars pulled ever each day for speeding in 
the well-marked school zone. So, for all the days and years the school and 
school zone have been there, and all the days and weeks the cops have been 
there, apparently the drivers that frequent this area keep believing "They 
won't catch me."

    On a related matter, below I have pasted an update to the hit and run 
accident on Madison street over the weekend.

SUV connected with Saturday hit-and-run identifiedpublished Sept. 27 11:17amAn 
SUV traveling near Florida State University's campus was identified by an FSU 
police officer as the vehicle connected with Saturday's hit-and-run incident on 
West Madison Street, reported Officer David McCranie, spokesman for the 
Tallahassee Police Department, in a news release.Kathy Raynor, 59, was struck 
by a vehicle while walking along the 700 block of West Madison Street, the 
release said.Witnesses said that the SUV drove off after hitting Raynor. They 
described the SUV as a black newer model, possibly a Jeep Grand Cherokee, with 
tinted windows, black rims and damage near the driver's-side 
headlight.According to the release, the SUV was seized after an FSU police 
officer matched it to hit-and-run witnesses' descriptions. TPD's traffic 
homicide unit is investigating the SUV.Raynor suffered serious injuries and is 
currently in serious, but stable condition at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital, 
the release stated.

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