The City of Watertown has proclaimed Friday as White Cane Safety Day.

According to the proclamation signed by Mayor Emily McFarland, significant visual impairment affects about 100,000 state residents and the majority of these persons use travel aids, such as white cane or a service animal to get around public streets and sidewalks.

These travel aids are universally recognized as symbols representing vision loss.

Wisconsin’s White Cane Law requires motorists come to a full stop before approaching closer than 10 feet to a pedestrian who is using a white cane or service animal.

Careful driving and fully stopping when pedestrians are in the crosswalk is beneficial to all residents, including children, elders and people with disabilities, the proclamation states.

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