CHAPTER 162

AN ACT RELATING TO BLIND PERSONS AND "SEEING EYE DOGS" AND PRESCRIBING PENALTIES FOR VIOLATIONS THEREOF.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Delaware:

Section 1. Title 31, Delaware Code, is amended by adding thereto a new section 2118, to read as follows:

§ 2118. Relating to the blind and "Seeing Eye Dogs"; penalties

(a) That any person, who by reason of loss or impairment of eyesight is accompanied by a dog described as a "Seeing Eye Dog," or any dog educated by a recognized training agency or school, which is used as a leader or guide, is entitled to the full and equal accommodations, advantages, facilities and privileges of all public conveyances, hotels, lodging places, all places of public accommodation, amusement or resort, and other places to which the general public is invited, and shall be entitled to take said dog into such conveyances and places, subject only to the conditions and limitations applicable to all persons not so accompanied, provided that said dog shall not occupy a seat in any public conveyance.

(b) Any person, firm or corporation who deprives any person, suffering from such loss or impairment of eyesight of any right conferred by paragraph (a) hereof, shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and, upon conviction thereof, shall be fined in any sum not exceeding one hundred dollars ($100.00), or be imprisoned for a period not exceeding three (3) months, or both, and for every such offense such person shall forfeit and pay a sum not to exceed one hundred dollars ($100.00) to any person aggrieved thereby, to be recovered in any court of competent jurisdiction in the county where such offense was committed.

(c) This act shall become effective immediately upon approval.

Approved June 19, 1969.