Bill expected to pass to improve communication between disabled persons and police

On Wednesday, lawmakers are expected to vote on a bill that could make communication between law enforcement and people with disabilities much easier. House Bill 115 would allow people with autism or deafness to put their names on a voluntary registry visible to law enforcement in case of a traffic stop. Representatives Theresa Gavarone (R-District Three) and Scott Wiggam (R-District One) are sponsoring the bill after hearing multiple people in their district voice concern about their children with communication disabilities.

In the fall of 2016, two men in Dublin were arrested for drunk driven even though neither were intoxicated. They failed the sobriety tests because of their disabilities. House Bill 115 would protect individuals just like this.

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