Bill designed to help deaf or hard of hearing people if they’re pulled over now SC Law

Summarized by Matthew Dehler, staff writer

One of the deaf community’s biggest hurdles is attempting to communicate with law enforcement. While it’s generally required that police forces have at least one ASL interpreter on duty, the sad reality is that, when a hard-of-hearing person gets pulled over, communicating with an officer is often confusing and frustrating. Fortunately for residents of South Carolina, that particular problem is about to become considerably easier.

South Carolina recently passed a bill designed to help the deaf/hard of hearing community. Filling out an application at the DMV creates a special note in the police database. That way, when a police officer pulls someone over and puts in their license plate, they’re able to tell if the driver is deaf before they even go up to the door.

In addition to filling out the application, deaf drivers can use communication cards with police officers. These options ensure that communication flows smoothly and efficiently.

For more information on the bill and how South Carolinian residents can get involved in the program, view the full article here: https://www.abccolumbia.com/2020/05/07/bill-designed-to-help-deaf-or-hard-of-hearing-people-if-theyre-pulled-over-now-sc-law/

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