Thursday, October 15, 2015

3 Things to Know About the White Cane Law

Do you know what the white cane with red tip stand for? It means the user is visually impaired or blind. When driving and making a right turn on red light, they must yield to the blind or visually impaired pedestrian if they are attempting to cross.

I can't tell you how many drivers on the right turn lane at red light don't allow me to cross when it's my turn to cross when the crosswalk light says to walk. I don't know what I will need to do when my vision worsens. How does a fully blind person cross safely? Education and awareness is key. If I have the money, I would plaster this White Cane Law on a few hundred billboards in Florida and all across the United States.

The video at the right is a great one and I recommend sharing it with your friends, family, co-workers, and the public. It is time for everyone to start learning about the White Cane Law or they may face the consequences, such as damage to their car, grievous injuries, or loss of life. No one wants that.

These are the three things to know about the White Cane Law:

1. Most blind and visually impaired users have a white cane with a red tip, others with a service animal, and maybe even some will have a different colored cane for increased visibility like yellow or orange.

2. Drivers on Turning Right at Red Light must always yield to blind or visually impaired users

3. If in doubt, always let a pedestrian cross at intersection when the light is red

Maybe I and every other visually impaired and blind pedestrians should start taking pictures of license plates of those who keep turning right on red light without yielding. After all, they are breaking the rules by not allowing a visually impaired person to cross when it is their right.


  1. I wonder how workable/affordable the technology would be for body cameras to capture these things and put them up on public media so sighted people can see what it is you're having to live with because of the conduct of shamefully many.

    1. I would think that a camera phone that can record will do the job nicely. Wearable cameras are ideal, but perhaps not feasible. Though, an org or a group of people can definitely get together and do this as an awareness project, showing the number of near misses cane users experience on a daily basis.