For deaf people who get pulled over by police, there's always the danger of miscommunications.
Now a new measure introduced in the California General Assembly aims to offer deaf drivers some protection, the Daily Breeze reports.
Assembly Bill 381 gives deaf drivers the option to voluntarily notify the Department of Motor Vehicles about their hearing restrictions. When police run their license plates, officers would be alerted to their hearing impairment.
Introduced by Assemblyman Ian Calderon, D-Whittier, the bill was passed by the Assembly in a 76-0 vote last week. Now it heads to the Senate.
“The deaf or hard of hearing community deserves the peace of mind that comes with knowing that the police officer that’s pulling you over isn’t going to rely on verbal commands and potentially let a routine traffic stop escalate because the driver is unable to heed those commands,” Calderon said.
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