White Cane Safety Day is Oct. 15. On this day, we call to your attention to people who are blind or visually impaired and use a white cane or a white cane tipped with red to assist them travel about. While the cane gives them independence and freedom of travel, Oklahoma drivers need to know their responsibilities too.
It is illegal for a person who is not blind or visually impaired to use a white cane, so drivers can assume when they see a person with a white cane that person cannot see them. Drivers of any vehicle must come to a full stop 15 feet of the person using the white cane before proceeding.
Oklahoma Statutes Title 7 Blind Persons
§7-11. Blind persons; canes, color.
No person, except those wholly or partially blind, shall carry or use on any street, highway, or in any other public place a cane or walking stick which is white in color, or white tipped with red.
Laws 1949, p. 47, § 1.
§7-12. Duty of drivers of vehicles.
Any driver of a vehicle who knowingly approaches within fifteen (15) feet of a person who is in the roadway or at an intersection and who is wholly or partially blind and who is carrying a cane or walking stick white in color, or white tipped with red, or who is using a dog guide wearing a specialized harness, or who is wholly or partially deaf and is using a signal dog wearing an orange identifying collar, or who is physically handicapped and is using a service dog, shall immediately come to a full stop and take such precautions before proceeding as may be necessary to avoid accident or injury to the person wholly or partially blind, deaf or physically handicapped. For purposes of this section, a "dog guide" means any dog that is specially trained to guide a blind person.
Added by Laws 1949, p. 47, § 2, emerg. eff. June 6, 1949. Amended by Laws 1997, c. 57, § 1, eff. Nov. 1, 1997; Laws 1998, c. 108, § 1, eff. Nov. 1, 1998; Laws 2002, c. 141, § 1, eff. Nov. 1, 2002.