White Cane Day

White Cane Day
Posted on 10/10/2016
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The annual flash mob dance at the Milwaukee County Courthouse, where proclamations are read from the Mayor and Governor, will take place on Thursday October 13, 2016. Central High School student Jack E. and Gavin P. from Mitchell Elementary are featured on the t-shirts this year. 

Wisconsin has the White Cane Traffic Law, 346.26, which has been enforced since 1947. This law states:

1. 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 service animal, as defined in s. 106.52(1)(fm), and shall take such precautions as may be necessary to avoid accident or injury to the pedestrian.  The fact that the pedestrian may be violating any of the laws applicable to pedestrians does not relieve the operator of a vehicle from the duties imposed by this subsection.

2. Nothing in this section shall be construed to deprive any totally or partially blind person not carrying the white or the red and white cane or walking stick or not using a service animal, as defined in s. 106.52 (1) (fm), of the rights of other pedestrians crossing highways, nor shall the failure of such totally or partially blind pedestrian to carry such cane or walking stick or to use a service animal be evidence of any negligence.

3. No person who is not totally or partially blind shall carry or use on any street, highway or other public place any cane or walking stick which is white in color, or white trimmed with red.

History: 1977 c. 302; 2005 a. 354.