SHERIFF ROLLS OUT A TOOL TO HELP HEARING IMPAIRED
Henderson County Sheriff Lowell Griffin is rolling out a tool to help drivers who are deaf and hard of hearing communicate with law enforcement. A two-sided visor card is now being carried by deputies to help people who are deaf or hard of hearing communicate during a traffic stop or roadside emergency.
These cards are available to the public at the front desk of the Sheriff’s Office located at 100 North Grove Street. The two-sided card allows someone to indicate whether they are deaf or hard of hearing and provides deputies tips on how to communicate and help them.
The card includes illustrations that represent traffic violations or car problems one could encounter. The driver and law enforcement officer can point to the appropriate items on the card during a traffic stop or road emergency.
Serious problems and even deadly encounters have occurred through the lack of clear communication between law enforcement and people who are deaf or hard of hearing. Sheriff Griffin hopes these visor cards will lessen the chance of this ever happening in Henderson County…..