NATIONAL WHITE CANE DAY IS OCTOBER 15TH
October 15th marks White Cane Safety Day which is celebrated on this date around the world. In the United States, it is a national observance, which was first celebrated in 1964, after the proclamation by President Lyndon B. Johnson.
White Cane Day celebrates the achievements of blind or visually impaired people. A white cane is an important mobility tool for such people as well as the symbol of their independence.
Canes have been used by blind people for centuries, but the white cane was introduced in the early 20th century. Canes were painted white to be more easily visible. For blind people, the white cane is an essential tool that gives them the ability to achieve a full and independent life.
Instructors certified in Orientation and Mobility offer training for the blind to safely navigate their community. The Orientation and Mobility specialist assists the person to get from point A to point B successfully - whether it's at work, at school, or around the community.
WHAT IS THE WHITE CANE LAW IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA?
Whenever a pedestrian is crossing, or attempting to cross, a public street or highway, guided by a dog guide or carrying in a raised or extended position a cane or walking stick which is white in color or white tipped with red, the driver of every vehicle approaching the intersection or place where the pedestrian is attempting to cross shall bring his or her vehicle to a full stop before arriving at such intersection or place of crossing and, before proceeding, shall take such precautions as may be necessary to avoid injuring such pedestrian.
It is unlawful for any person, unless totally or partially blind or otherwise incapacitated, while on any public street or highway, to carry in a raised or extended position a cane or walking stick which is white in color or white tipped with red.
A person who violates Florida Statute 316.1301 is guilty of a misdemeanor of the second degree, and punishable by imprisonment of up to 60 days or a fine up to $500 or both.
- A person with a cane or a guide dog ALWAYS has the right of way.
- Do not beep at anyone using a white cane or guide dog.
- Always be Courteous