Guide dog of Boston blind woman ‘subject to death threat’

By Boston Target | Posted: January 18, 2015

A visually-impaired Boston woman has said a driver threatened to kill her dog after she walked into his car that was parked on the pavement.

Pensioner Mary Clark claims she was threatened by a man and followed after she knocked her arm on the wing mirror of the car which the driver said had run out of petrol.

Mrs Clark, 69, who is a Fishtoft parish councillor and a member of Boston Disability Forum, is registered blind and relies on her guide dog to help her find her way.

She said: “I was walking along Eastwood Road when I knocked my arm on the wing mirror of a car that was parked on the pavement. The next thing I was getting abuse from the driver who said his car had run out of petrol.

“That was why it was parked on the pavement.

“I carried on up the road and he started to follow me. He said ‘I will kill that dog, and I mean kill it.’

“I was petrified and was getting ready to call the police. The man then went off.”

She said motorists needed to be more considerate when parking.

“It is not just me,” she added, “It is an issue for mums with prams, people in wheel chairs, and not only that, it is just selfish. In addition it ruins the foot way for all pedestrians.

“You can laugh about what has happened afterwards, but at the time it is so frustrating and frightening, and it is just thoughtless.

“It puts added pressure on my guide dog, and it’s not fair on all of us and our dogs.”

A Bill to ban parking on the pavement, led by Martin Horwood MP, has been debated in Parliament.

Boston Disability Forum spokesman Roger Fixter said: “The Forum strongly supports this Bill and we have written to Martin Horwood giving him our support and encouragement.

“This is a major problem for people with sight loss and other disabilities as well as the elderly and people with buggies, etc. We have been campaigning for such provision for some considerable time.”

He said this not only related to pavements, but also to vehicles parking across dropped kerbs, which make it difficult for people using scooters, wheelchairs, and pushchairs to cross roads.

“Unfortunately, many drivers don’t think of this until it actually affects someone they know,” he said.

The charity Guide Dogs has also called for pavement parking to be banned.

It said that cars, vans and other vehicles parked on pavements would continue to force pedestrians off the pavement and into danger on busy roads unless politicians backed a change in the law.

And YouGov research released by the charity shows that almost three quarters (72 per cent) of people have been affected by vehicles parked on the pavement.

A total of 91 per cent of respondents living with sight loss who responded to a previous Guide Dogs survey said that parked cars on the pavement regularly obstruct them.

The proposal is being welcomed by Boston Borough Council councillor, Derek Richmond, portfolio holder for the town centre.

He said: “I am 100 per cent supportive of moves to stop vehicles being parked on pavements.

“It’s not just thoughtless and inconsiderate, it’s dangerous. Pedestrians, wheelchair users, those using mobility aid and mums with babies in pushchairs can be forced out onto the road and into traffic in order to get past a vehicle parked on the pavement.”

Author: disabledaccessdenied

I am a disabled woman who through no fault of my own has wheels under my ass. I rely on the decency and common sense of local, state and federal goverments, as well as the retail community to abide by the disabled access laws and provide adequate ramps, disabled toilets, and not use them as store rooms or broom closets. This blog exists to find the offenders and out them, inform them, and report them if necessary and shame them into doing the right thing when all else fails.

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