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Failure to Yield for Blind Pedestrian With Cane Or Guide Dog 75-3549(a)

§ 3549. Blind pedestrians.

Fines + costs

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Offense carries 3 points

 

§ 3549. Blind pedestrians.

(a) General rule.–The driver of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way to any totally or partially blind pedestrian carrying a clearly visible white cane or accompanied by a guide dog and shall take such precautions as may be necessary to avoid injuring or endangering the pedestrian and, if necessary, shall stop the vehicle in order to prevent injury or danger to the pedestrian.

(b) Effect of absence of cane or dog.–This section shall not be construed to deprive a totally or partially blind pedestrian not carrying a cane or not being guided by a dog of the rights and privileges conferred by law upon pedestrians crossing streets or highways, nor shall the failure of a totally or partially blind pedestrian to carry a cane or to be guided by a guide dog upon the streets, highways or sidewalks of this Commonwealth be held to constitute contributory negligence in and of itself.

(c) Penalty.–A violation of subsection (a) constitutes a summary offense punishable by a fine of not less than $50 nor more than $150.

(Oct. 4, 2002, P.L.845, No.123, eff. 60 days)

2002 Amendment. Act 123 added subsec. (c).