White Cane Law Drives The Local NFB To Rally

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By: Elizabeth Nickerson

August 17, 2013

Tallahassee, FL--Locals are walking to bring attention to a law. A law, people don't even know about.

"Not the group that is just going to walk in the middle of the street, we know how to travel and we want that travel to be safe," said
Johnnie Slaton, a member of the National Federation Of The Blind.

Robert Miller, a local blind man, was walking in a crosswalk earlier this month when a driver failed to give miller the right of way.
The driver was in violation of the White Cane law and Miller says the officer on scene didn't even know what it was, but the National Federation of the Blind, the Tallahassee Chapter, hope to start educating the public.

The law states that, any driver who fails to take such precautions shall be liable in damages for any injury.

"It pricked my heart, its an eyeopener for me and I'd like for it to be an eyeopener for everybody else, you know, everybody has a right to be as independent," said Sylvia Young, the secretary of the National Federation Of The Blind.

Sylvia Young is the secretary of the NFB, she says her husband, who became blind during adulthood, is the reason why she became so passionate on educating others about the law.

"I am blind but i am not going to stay home, I am going to go out. And it is important for me to not be dependent but independent cause that is a part of me that i can never let go," said James Young, became blind during adulthood.

The NFB, Tallahassee Chapter, meets the first Monday of every month.