People across Florida and the rest of the country celebrate White Cane Safety Day each year on Oct. 15 because the white cane represents independence for visually impaired people.
The white cane gives blind and visually impaired people the freedom to be independently mobile instead of needing to rely on others for mobility-related assistance.
Floridians can participate in White Cane Safety Day by taking a moment to familiarize themselves with the White Cane Law.
The three-part law states the following:
- Any person carrying a white cane without proper authorization is guilty of a misdemeanor of the second degree
- When a pedestrian is attempting to cross a street with the assistance of a white cane or service animal, all drivers will come to a full stop at the place of crossing and proceed with extreme caution
- Failure to carry a white cane will not be considered comparative negligence
White Cane Safety Day began in 1964 when a joint resolution of the Congress, HR 753, was signed into law authorizing the President of the United States to proclaim Oct. 15 of each year as "White Cane Safety Day," according to the National Federation of the Blind.
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