March in Honor of White Cane Day

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Members of the visually impaired community gathered in Sioux Falls for a march to protect the rights of pedestrians in honor of National White Cane Day on Sunday.

People gathered at the China Express restaurant this Saturday morning, where the event began with the reading of the mayor’s “white cane law proclamation.” The group then marched down 41st street. The white cane law in South Dakota requires drivers to stop for pedestrians, who are crossing the road using white canes or guide dogs. Failing to do so is a misdemeanor crime. Saturday’s march was an attempt to educate the public about the importance of the white cane law.

“If you see somebody with a cane, it’s not good to yell or honk,” says White Cane March Committee Member, Shelly Hart. “If I am coming down the street, I’m not going to necessarily know who’s honking at me or why. So little things like that make a big difference when you happen to be a blind traveler,”

This is the sixth year the group has held the demonstration in Sioux Falls.