Interaction Between The Deaf And Police During A Traffic Stop


Oftentimes a simple traffic stop where the deaf have their vehicle pulled over by a police officer can be difficult. Can this situation be avoided? Yes it can! There will be a workshop at Houston Center for Independent Living on November 14, 2016, a Monday, beginning at 10:30 am. The address for HCIL is 6201 Bonhomme Road Houston TX. 77036. Officer James Sobota with the Houston police department will be giving a presentation on what is being taught to the traffic officers of Houston about their encounter with the deaf community. He will be explaining about a placard that is kept out of sight until needed and this placard will readily identify the driver as a deaf person needing communication accommodations. Once this placard is seen by the traffic officer he will know you are deaf and use ASL. Officer Sobota will be explaining what a deaf person should do to help the officer make clear why you were being stopped and what is necessary to make the stop go as smooth as possible. He will also be taking any questions you have about past traffic stops and interaction with the officer. Our goal is to make every traffic stop pleasant for you and safe for the officer. So, please attend this workshop and learn how to interact with the officers. Lets make our lives easier while standing up for our deaf rights at the same time.

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