Eau Claire (WQOW)- Wednesday is National White Cane Safety Day and police said the day serves as a good reminder to give more time and room to people who are visually impaired.
Under Wisconsin’s White Cane Law, you must stop your car at least 10 feet away from a pedestrian with a guide dog or with a white cane extended out.
The idea is to give them extra room while they cross the road to avoid an accident.
“They need that extra time to navigate and using their white cane or using the service animals is how they explore the world and they might not be able to see or hear us, so to protect everybody especially them,” said Bridget Coit, Eau Claire officer.
Coit said if you don’t follow the White Cane Law, you could face a $263 fine.
She said the police department hasn’t issued one of those citations in the last five years.