The Samuel Allen Law is passed! All driver’s licenses to notify the officer of a barrier to communicate, tags and materials to train and educate DPS offices and officers on communication barriers… Autism, deafness, Parkinson’s, brain injuries. Ask for the form to signal you have a communication barriers to be signed by a doctor for the next time you renew your license or if you’re a new driver. Education and awareness is key! #samuelallenlaw
New Texas law to help drivers with communication challenges – KENS TV
Soon, Lone Star State drivers with autism, deafness, PTSD and other communication challenges will be able to make law enforcement aware ahead of time.
Texas Senate Bill 976 allows people with autism, deafness and other “communication impediments” to register vehicles with the DMV. Now, if an officer pulls them over, they know more about what to expect.
Emma Faye Rudkin, a representative on the Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities, said communication challenges can affect drivers who are pulled over in ways people may not expect.
“There’s a lot of misunderstanding,” Rudkin said. “So for me, I’m a deaf person who uses my voice, but that doesn’t mean I can hear. So when I get pulled over, they’re assuming I’m not respecting them, (that) I’m not paying attention.”
Allen said he hopes this measure will make a difference for people across the state—and, if it spreads, across the nation.
“Knowing that Texas is the first state to do this, it’s an honor. Knowing no one’s done this before and we’re going to be saving lives with this law, it gives me a good feeling in my heart,” he said said.
Author: Erica Zucco