- Apr 22, 2007
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The Daily Moth [Transcript] Last Thursday, the North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper (D) signed into law a bill to allow the state’s DMV to add a “deaf” symbol on drivers’ licenses. Deaf people will be able to decide for themselves whether they want it on their licenses or not.
The bill, HB 84, also calls for the establishment of education and training for criminal justice officers and police officers on how to appropriately interact with deaf/hoh people. They will also be trained to recognize the “deaf” symbol on drivers licenses.
The North Carolina Association of the Deaf shared a video filmed by Craig Blevins that showed Gov. Cooper speaking with an ASL interpreter beside him before he signed the bill. He said the law would improve communication between police and the deaf and save lives. Then he signed the bill. Video is in transcript.
This law will be effective Jan 1, 2018.
It is a step forward for North Carolina, who was cast in a negative spotlight after a NC state trooper shot and killed an unarmed Deaf man, Daniel Harris, last year after a high-speed car chase. The officer, Jermaine Saunders, did not face any charges after an investigation said he lawfully fired the weapon after Daniel charged at him holding a metal object. That case sparked many national conversations about interaction between police officers and deaf people. Now you have this bill signed.
Bill Text: http://www.ncleg.net/Sessions/2017/Bills/House/PDF/H84v7.pdf