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Access Laws for Guide Dog Users: U.S.

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 Colorado

Colorado Revised Statute 1973, Section 40-09-109 (amended 1986) and CRS 1963 (amended) 1971, 1979, and 1986), Part 8, Section 24-34-801 (1) a through d; Section 24-34-802 - penalty, 24-34-803; Section 18-13-107 (1), (3); Section 42-4-808; Section 22-345.

Colorado law guarantees a blind person the legal right to be accompanied by a specially trained dog in all public accommodations and on all common carriers. No extra charge can be levied because of the dog's presence, but the dog guide user is liable for any damage the dog might cause to the premises.

Public accommodations include public facilities, hotels, restaurants, stores, grocery stores, places of resort and amusement, and any other place to which the public is invited. (Sect. 24-34-801 (1) c and (1) d)

Common carriers include airplanes, boats, buses, trains, and any other conveyances offered for public use. (Sect. 24-34-801(1) d)

Use of white cane or guide dog in public places or highways, except by totally or partially disabled person, including blind persons, and is prohibited. (Sect. 18-13-107 (1))

Harassing or interfering with a guide dog or assistance dog, accompanying a blind person or a person with a white cane or other described mobility assistance is prohibited. (Sect. 18-13-107 (3))

Drivers are required to yield and take necessary precautions to avoid accident or injury to disabled persons. Including, but not limited to persons utilizing a white cane or being accompanied by an assistance dog. (Sect. 42-4-808)

A waiver is provided for the owner of a trained guide or assistance dog to be exempt from licensing fees. (Sect. 22-345)

Violation: Any person, firm, or corporation or agent thereof who interferes with the above enumerated rights is guilty of a misdemeanor and punishable by a fine not to exceed $100, or confinement in jail for not more than 60 days, or both. (24-34-802)

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