Deaf drivers get assist in traffic stops under new Kentucky law

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FRANKFORT, Ky. - Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes formally recorded a new law Tuesday to help communications between law enforcement and Kentucky drivers who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Senate Bill 189 will allow deaf and hard of hearing persons to voluntarily indicate their status in Kentucky’s vehicle registration system, which will allow law enforcement officers to see the status during a traffic stop.

"Today is a day which shows what good governing can do," Grimes said. "Citizens saw a need. They came to Frankfort and they worked with lawmakers and advocates. Now, we have a law on the books that will help ensure the safety of 700,000 Kentuckians."

Robert D’Angelo, a deaf Kentuckian met with Grimes and the bill's sponsor Sen. Tom Buford, R-Nicholasville, on Tuesday.

“I think this is a great move forward for those of us in the deaf and hard of hearing community," D'Angelo said.

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