During October, many cities observe what is called White Can Day, to promote pedestrian safety with special attention toward those who are sight-impaired.
Sunday in La Crosse will be that day.
Rhonda Staats is a white-cane user, who has experienced cars coming close to her at intersections.
“One in three people approximately are not drivers in Wisconsin, so (for) the 31 per cent of us that don’t drive, pedestrian safety is very important,” Staats told reporters Thursday at a City Hall news conference, where Mayor Mitch Reynolds declared the special day.
Staats said 17 percent of people killed in traffic accidents around the country are pedestrians.
Another sight-impaired citizen, Liz Fryseth, asked drivers to be careful around pedestrians all year long.
“It’s year-round, and this is just a day to bring awareness and recognize that we all are pedestrians at the end of the day,” Fryseth said.
Drivers, who see pedestrians crossing a street while using a white cane or a guide dog, are urged to stop at least 10 feet away from that person.