Contact: Angela Barlup, Public Relations Director|
Date: September 13, 2004
For Immediate Release
"White Cane Law" Protects Blind Pedestrians
Harrisburg, PA -- The blind and visually impaired use a white cane or a guide dog to increase their self-reliance and independence in a sighted world. However, they must also trust the motorists of this Commonwealth to abide by the White Cane Law. The White Cane Law was written to make our streets and highways safe for the blind and visually impaired to cross. Tri-County Association for the Blind in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Association for the Blind (PAB) and its member agencies, endorse training and the use of the white cane by the blind and visually impaired.
The White Cane Law is a part of the Pennsylvania Motor Vehicle Code. The Law states, when a blind person is crossing a public street carrying a white cane or being guided by a dog guide, drivers "shall take such precautions as may be necessary to avoid injuring or endangering such pedestrians." The Law also specifies that motorist must bring their vehicles to a full stop in order to avoid injury or danger. Violation of the Law is a legal offense and is punishable by fine or imprisonment. More recently, a violation of this Law can cause drivers to be given three (3) points against their driving record. Calling attention to the significance of the white cane during the week of October 4-10, 2004 will help those who rely on the white cane as a mobility tool and as a source of independence.
Tri-County Association for the Blind is a private non-profit organization, which provides services to blind and visually impaired individuals. The agency, which, serves Dauphin, Cumberland and Perry Counties offers the following services: Access Technology, Prevention of Blindness, Social Services, Radio Reading Services, Low Vision Services, a Production Facility, Carpet Department and Janitorial Services. Partial funding for Social Services and the Prevention of Blindness programs has been made available through the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, Bureau of Blindness and Visual Services and PAB. For more information on Tri-County Association for the Blind, call (717) 238-2531 or visit our web site at www.cartmann.com.