Saturday, October 15, is nationally recognized as White Cane Safety Day. While most motorists know that a person on foot has the right-of-way, many are unfamiliar with Wisconsin’s White Cane Law:
“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.”
(Statue No. 346.26(1) )
Governor Walker signed a proclamation proclaiming October 15, 2016 as White Cane Safety Day in Wisconsin. Many individual mayors have also set aside this day to do the same in their community in order to raise awareness of the safety law that protects the rights of pedestrians who are blind or visually impaired.
The Council urges all motorists to recognize individuals who use white canes or dog guides. Everyone deserves to travel safely!