It appears that the letter to the editor bug went and bit Brad. This letter is a beautiful thing, aside from the fact that he misspelled his own name! what’s that all about? So because I loved it so much, here’s his letter, saved forever in case it disappears off the Brantford Expositor website.
Blind man faces close calls with automobiles
As a blind citizen of this town, I am becoming increasingly alarmed by the driving habits of my fellow Brantfordians.
Last Wednesday, July 15, I was nearly mowed down by a car making an illegal turn at the corner of Brant Ave and St. Paul. The driver missed me by inches, but snapped my cane in two. To cap all this off, he didn’t even stop!
At least there are some observant people out there, however. One lady, who I can’t thank enough, stopped, made sure I was all right and explained what happened to counsellors at the W. Ross Macdonald School where I went to get a new cane.
This is not the first time something like this has happened either. Last fall, someone drove over my cane and actually parked on it in the A&P driveway. One other time someone making an illegal turn nicked my cane with his bumper. He at least apologized before taking off.
Yet another time, someone driving a motorcycle down the sidewalk hit my left arm.
I am sure with the population of visually impaired people in this town that events such as this occur quite frequently.
In closing, I would like to thank those of you who wait for lights to change and do your turning at the proper time.
To those that don’t, I ask this: Where in the world did you get your licence, and do you think I could get one there? I can’t be much more dangerous than some of you people.
Brad Wetlaufer Brantford
I love the term Brantfordians.