Designation would be voluntary.
Legislators in Raleigh, NC, voted last week to approve a new system that would help law enforcement identify people who are deaf or hard of hearing, WRAL TV reports.
House Bill 84 would add a designation to a driver's license that the driver is deaf or hearing-impaired. The designation would also be added to the registration of any vehicle in that owner's name.
The identifier system would be completely voluntary. Deaf or hearing-impaired people would not be required to participate.
"This is to address concerns that many of us know about of people who've been injured, even killed, because someone did not realize they were hearing-impaired or actually deaf," explained Rep. Cynthia Ball, "so that the officer that stops that vehicle will have some advance information, perhaps, about the individual's impairment."
Ball was referring to an incident last year in which a deaf man was fatally shot by a state trooper in his own driveway after a short chase during which he failed to pull over as directed.
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