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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: August 22, 2019 10:04 AM
From: Senator Patrick J. Stefano
To: All Senate members
Subject: Deafness or Impaired Hearing Designation on Driver's License
In the near future, I plan to introduce legislation to create a designation on the Pennsylvania driver’s license or identification card clearly indicating an individual’s deafness or impaired hearing.

Getting stopped by the police, even at a routine traffic stop, can be a scary experience. For those who are deaf or hard of hearing, it can be even scarier. This was a situation that occurred within my own senatorial district when a constituent who is hard of hearing was stopped by police, creating a lot of unnecessary confusion for both parties involved.

By creating this new designation we can help ensure increased safety and understanding for both the police and the individuals who are unable to hear their verbal commands.

I ask you to please join me in cosponsoring this important piece of legislation. If you have any questions regarding this information, please contact Jake Gery in my office at jgery@pasen.gov.

Introduced as SB889