AMERICAN COUNCIL OF THE BLIND OF OHIO
GREATER CINCINNATI CHAPTER

WHAT IS THE WHITE CANE LAW


From state to state over the U.S., there are various versions of the "White Cane Law" Unfortunately, most people are not fully aware of the wording of the law so frequently aluded to. It is quite important because all motorists are subject to it and its penalties. The following is extracted from the Ohio Revised Code (ORC). The full text of "ORC4511.47" is included to acquaint the reader of the full specifications of the law.

"4511.47 Right-of-way of blind person.

(A) As used in this section “blind person” or “blind pedestrian” means a person having not more than 20/200 visual acuity in the better eye with correcting lenses or visual acuity greater than 20/200 but with a limitation in the fields of vision such that the widest diameter of the visual field subtends an angle no greater than twenty degrees.

The driver of every vehicle shall yield the right of way to every blind pedestrian guided by a guide dog, or carrying a cane which is predominantly white or metallic in color, with or without a red tip.

(B) No person, other than a blind person, while on any public highway, street, alley, or other public thoroughfare shall carry a white or metallic cane with or without a red tip.

(C) Except as otherwise provided in this division, whoever violates this section is guilty of a minor misdemeanor. If, within one year of the offense, the offender previously has been convicted of or pleaded guilty to one predicate motor vehicle or traffic offense, whoever violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor of the fourth degree. If, within one year of the offense, the offender previously has been convicted of two or more predicate motor vehicle or traffic offenses, whoever violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor of the third degree.

Effective Date: 01-01-2004"

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