[Nfbc-info] White Cane Safety Day

Mary Willows mwillows at sbcglobal.net
Sun Oct 27 03:07:10 UTC 2013


Good one, Paul.  Thanks.  It never hurts to remind people of the law.


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-----Original Message-----
From: Nfbc-info [mailto:nfbc-info-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of Paul Wick
Sent: Sunday, October 20, 2013 10:45 PM
To: NFB of California List
Subject: Re: [Nfbc-info] White Cane Safety Day

Lauren et al,

section 54.4 of the Civil Code (added I believe in 1968) reads as follows:

"A blind or otherwise visually impaired pedestrian shall have all of the
rights and privileges conferred by law upon other persons in any of the
places, accommodations, or conveyances specified in Sections 54 and 54.1,
notwithstanding the fact that the person is not carrying a predominantly
white cane (with or without a red tip), or using a guide dog. The failure of
a blind or otherwise visually impaired person to carry such a cane or to use
such a guide dog shall not constitute negligence per se."

Hope this helps!

Paul in Berkeley

On 10/20/13, Lauren Merryfield <lauren1 at catliness.com> wrote:
> Hi,
> Speaking of White Cane Safety Day I have a question, and I hope 
> someone on this list knows the actual laws, not just speculation.
>
> On another list, there was an ad for Kustom Canes. They put whatever 
> you want on a cane. Mine, of course, has "meow", "Purr" and cats on it 
> but the cane is mostly white.
>
> Some people on the list are concerned that decorated canes are not 
> legal in the case of an accident.  Do white cane laws specify that the 
> canes of blind people have to be solid white, or with 6 inches of red 
> at the bottom etc.?
> I
> know that Rain/Shine canes and NFB canes have not had the 6 inches of 
> red that some people say we're supposed to have.
>
> Well, my kitty cane has been as helpful to me exactly as well as a 
> totally white cane, PURRhaps better. But now I am curious about what 
> the laws actually say--not in legalese but in plain English, please.
> Thanks
> Lauren
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Nfbc-info [mailto:nfbc-info-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of Rob 
> Kaiser
> Sent: Sunday, October 20, 2013 8:24 PM
> To: NFB of California List
> Subject: Re: [Nfbc-info] White Cane Safety Day
>
> Great job.
>
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Rochelle Houston
> Sent: Sunday, October 20, 2013 7:33 PM
> To: NFBC Listserv
> Subject: [Nfbc-info] White Cane Safety Day
>
> Hello All,
> The Pathfinder Chapter along with the guiding light Chapter of Los 
> Angeles went out and visited Ever Lee Hairston's Church, Second 
> Baptist church' to spread the word about White Cane Safety Day. They 
> gave us a platform to speak before the congregation. I also spoke on 
> the BELL Program and what it means to us that every blind Child have 
> the tools that are necessary to succeed in education and take what 
> they've learned and apply it towards higher learning and then a 
> career. We passed out literature about the organization, president 
> Barack Obama's proclamation and vehicle donation stickers. We answered 
> questions, Took pictures and they even had their names written in 
> braille. It was a fun day and I enjoyed it immensely.
>
> Rochelle Houston
> rhouston58 at gmail.com
>
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