Governor Cooper Signs Law to Make Traffic Stops Safer for Deaf, Hard of Hearing

Posted on 04. Aug, 2017 by in Community, Information & Referral, News


Aug. 3, 2017 — Legislation that allows Deaf and Hard of Hearing citizens to request a designation

for their driver’s license from the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles was signed into law last week by Governor Roy Cooper.

The bill, HB 84, passed with unanimous, bi-partisan support and will make interactions between law

enforcement and the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community in North Carolina much safer,

said Jan Withers, Director of the N.C. Division of Services for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing.

HB 84 establishes education and training standards for law enforcement, and gives the more

than 1.2 million Deaf and Hard of Hearing citizens in the state the option, upon request, to have

their driver’s license indicate that they are deaf or hard of hearing.

“This is an important legislative achievement,” Withers said. “It moves us closer to ensuring that

communication with deaf and hard of hearing drivers will be as effective as communication with people who are hearing.”

Ryan Hill