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Bill requiring notation on automobile registration indicating drivers’ hearing impairment clears committee

NEW JERSEY – Senator Steven Oroho’s legislation that would help eliminate possible confusion and tension when a deaf motorist is stopped by police was advanced by the Senate Transportation Committee Monday.

The bipartisan bill, S-665, would add a notation on vehicle registration certificate indicating the registrant is deaf.

“If a driver is struggling to follow instructions, it could trigger an unpredictable and potentially dangerous situation,” said Oroho (R-24). “This bill would relieve stress and help ensure safety for both the driver and police officers.”

Under the legislation, applicants would be issued a special registration certificate with their preference of either the international symbol for deafness or a numerical code designating deafness.

The bill was suggested to Oroho by members of the deaf community and is intended to compensate for gaps in training that fail to prepare police academy graduates for interactions with the deaf community.

“The addition of an icon signifying a hearing impairment will be obvious and helpful,” Oroho said.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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