LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) – Mayor Tim Kabat is proclaiming Tuesday, October 15 as White Cane Safety Day in the city of La Crosse.
Ahead of that, advocates from the Wisconsin Council of the Blind & Visually Impaired were in La Crosse on Friday promoting pedestrian safety year-round.
This year, 15 cities in Wisconsin are recognizing White Cane Safety Day. Wisconsin law states that you must stop 10 feet away from a pedestrian carrying a white cane or using a service dog. There has been an increase in car versus pedestrian fatalities from 2018 to 2019. That is why officials are saying that safety goes beyond just your typical crosswalks.
“Advocate in your community for walkable communities. Walkable communities benefit everybody. It not only benefits people with disabilities, but people with small children, the elderly and folks who are going about their regular business,” said Denise Jess, the CEO and executive director of the Wisconsin Council of the Blind & Visually Impaired.
Six different ads promoting safety awareness have been running in rotation on La Crosse MTU buses since September 15. They will run through October 15.