February 4, 2016 in Community News
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By KATE PAYNE
FEB 2, 2016
For many people, interactions with law enforcement can be stressful. But for people who have difficulty communicating, these interactions can lead to grave misunderstandings. Some lawmakers are trying to make those interactions safer.
You’re driving down the road, maybe a hair over the speed limit, when you hear those sirens. It’s the cops. We all know that sinking feeling. But imagine if you can’t hear those sirens. For the deaf and hard of hearing, miscommunication with the police is a real concern. But some state lawmakers are trying to fix that. Representative Victor Torres of Orlando wants to mark driver’s licenses with a symbol signifying the driver is deaf.
“This symbol on the license will alert the officer to the fact that the driver is hard of hearing or deaf, and assist them when identifying how best to communicate with the driver,” he said.