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.

Check back for a countdown to next year's event.

Join these communities as they celebrate White Cane Safety Day:

Green Bay, WI
October 1st at 6 p.m. – Mayor Eric Genrich will read Green Bay’s proclamation at City Hall during their common council meeting.

Sun Prairie, WI 
October 1st at 7 p.m. – Mayor Paul Esser will read Sun Prairie’s proclamation at City Hall during their common council meeting.

Eau Claire, WI
October 8th at 4 p.m. – Proclamation from the City will be presented to a WI Council of the Blind & Visually Impaired board member.

Oshkosh, WI
October 8th at 6 p.m. – Mayor Lori Palmeri will present a proclamation at Common Council meeting.

Madison, WI
October 9th at 9 a.m. – Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway will present Madison’s proclamation and showcase an Accessible Pedestrian Signal at Council office.

La Crosse, WI
October 11th at 1 p.m. – Mayor Tim Kabat and the Council will host a media event highlighting White Cane Law in downtown La Crosse.

Janesville, WI
October 14th at 6 p.m. – City Council members will present a White Cane Day Proclamation to WI Council of the Blind & Visually Impaired board president.

Kenosha, WI
October 15th at 4 p.m. White Cane Awareness Day Celebration – Event includes a walk in downtown Kenosha and a meet-and-greet with information on using and getting a white cane. Meet at Society’s Assets (5455 Sheridan Road, #101) at 4 p.m.. Register by calling Tami at 800-378-9128 or email tfrentzel@societysassets.org.

Additional communities recognizing White Cane Safety Day
Brookfield – Proclamation by Mayor Steven Ponto
Menomonie – Proclamation by Mayor Randy Knaack
Milwaukee – Proclamation by Mayor Tom Barret
– Proclamation by Mayor Dean Kaufert
Stevens Point – Proclamation by Mayor Mike Wiza
Watertown – Proclamation by Mayor Emily McFarland
West Allis – Proclamation by Mayor Dan Devine

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

white cane Day resources

White Cane Safety Day Toolkit