Letter to the editor: Safety for the blind

To the editor:

Gov. Laura Kelly signed a proclamation that designated Oct. 15 as White Cane Day. In part, it says “Whereas KSA-8-1542 requires motorists to yield the right of way to blind pedestrians who are carrying a white cane, or accompanied by a guide dog in a harness …”

The Lawrence Noon Lions Club’s main focus is to support efforts to enhance life for those with vision impairment.

Recently Lions Club member Tamara Kearney was killed by a driver as she was crossing a street in Lawrence with her guide dog. Tammy was a spark plug for our club, always cheerful and always ready to do her part. A blind Eudora Lion also was hit by a vehicle and suffered severe injury last year.

It is the responsibility of all of us to drive so that we can be aware of these special people. You may not be aware that the car ahead of you is waiting for a blind person to cross, so be patient. You may be anxious to turn the corner, but look carefully first. Be prepared to stop your vehicle before hitting a pedestrian.

Mary Margaret Rowen,

secretary, Lawrence Noon Lions Club


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