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Session Laws, 1971
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800                               Laws of Maryland                      [Ch. 390

of all common carriers, airplanes, motor vehicles, railroad trains,
motor buses, streetcars, boats or other public conveyances or modes
of transportation, hotels, lodging places, places of public accommo-
dations, amusement, or resort, or other places to which the general
public is invited, subject only to the conditions and limitations estab-
lished by law and applicable to all persons.

(2)    A totally or partially blind BLIND OR VISUALLY HANDI-
CAPPED pedestrian not carrying a cane predominantly white or
metallic in color (with or without a red tip) or using a guide dog in
any of the places, accommodations or conveyances listed in paragraph
(1) of this subsection (d), has all the rights and privileges conferred
by law upon any other person.

(3)    The failure of a totally or partially blind BLIND OR VIS-
UALLY HANDICAPPED pedestrian to carry a cane predominantly
white or metallic in color (with or without a red tip) or to use a guide
dog in any of the places, accommodations, or conveyances listed in
paragraph (1) of this subsection (d) shall not be held to constitute
or be evidence of contributory negligence per se.

(e) The driver of a vehicle approaching a totally or partially

blind pedestrian accompanied by a guide dog or using a cane pre-
dominantly white or metallic in color (with or without a red tip)

shall take all reasonable care to avoid injury to the blind pedestrian.

Any driver who fails to take all reasonable care to avoid injury to
blind pedestrians is presumed to be negligent NOTHING IN THIS
SECTION SHALL MODIFY OR ALTER THE PROVISIONS OF
ARTICLE 66, SECTION 11-504.1 OF THE ANNOTATED CODE
OF MARYLAND, AS HERETOFORE AND HEREAFTER
AMENDED.

(f)    Every totally or partially blind BLIND OR VISUALLY
HANDICAPPED person has the right to be accompanied by a guide
dog, especially trained for the purpose, in any of the places listed in
paragraph (1) of subsection (d) of this section, without being re-
quired to pay an extra charge for the guide dog if HOWEVER
he is liable for any damage done to the premises or facilities by
such HIS dog.

(g)    Any person or persons, firm, or corporation, or the agent of
any person or persons, firm, or corporation, who denies or interferes
with admittance to or enjoyment of the public facilities enumerated
in this section, or otherwise interferes with the rights of a totally or
partially blind BLIND OR VISUALLY HANDICAPPED person
under this section, is guilty of a misdemeanor and subject upon con-
viction to a fine not exceeding fifty dollars for each offense.

(h) Each year the Governor shall take suitable public notice of
October 15 as White Cane Safety Day. He shall issue a proclamation
in which he comments upon the significance of the White Cane; calls
upon the citizens of the State to observe the provisions of the White
Cane Law and to take precautions necessary to the safety of the dis-
abled VISUALLY HANDICAPPED; reminds citizens of the State
of the policies with respect to the blind and urges the citizens to
cooperate in giving effect to them; emphasizes the need of the citizens
to be aware of the presence of disabled VISUALLY HANDICAPPED
persons in the community and to keep safe and functional for
the blind and OR visually handicapped the streets, highways, side-


 

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