White cane Safety Day

October 15, 2019

October 15 of each year is National White Cane Safety Day, a day the Council takes to advocate for and educate about the White Cane Law. Since 1964, the day has promoted safe, welcoming communities for people with vision loss or blindness.

The White Cane Law encourages the year-round independence of people in the blind and visually impaired community, creating a sense of empowerment and improving public safety. Thousands of blind and visually impaired individuals around the state of Wisconsin use a white cane for mobility and safe travel.

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Check this page as the day gets closer for ways you can get involved and bring awareness of the White Cane Law to your community.

Wisconsin’s White Cane Law Statute N. 346.26(1) states:

“An operator of a vehicle shall stop the vehicle before approaching closer than 10 feet to a pedestrian who is carrying a cane or walking stick which is white in color or white trimmed with red and which is held in an extended or raised position or who is using a dog guide and shall take such precautions as may be necessary to avoid accident or injury to the pedestrian.” The penalty for violating the law is between $25 and $200 for the first offense and between $50 and $500 for the 2nd violation.”

“The White Cane Law is important to me because the majority of drivers are well-intentioned, but reminders about pedestrian safety, especially for people who are blind and visually impaired, can help drivers stay more alert. There is so much distracted driving going on, and if you know there’s a legal expectation for your driving it can help keep roads safer for everyone. No driver wants to hit somebody.”

Denise Jess
Council CEO/Executive Director

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White Cane Safety Day toolkit

Our White Cane Safety Day Toolkit provides inspiration, examples and helpful hints as you plan for and promote this important day.