EC: NC Law HB84 - Traffic Stops Law for Deaf/Hard of Hearing

NC Law HB84 Has Been Signed Into Law (July 2017)

Governor Roy Cooper signed NC HB84 into NC law at the end of July 2017. The law makes traffic stops safer for Deaf and Hard of Hearing people.

The law allows Deaf and Hard of Hearing citizens in North Carolina to request a designation for their driver's license from the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles that identifies them as Deaf or Hard of Hearing.

HB84 passed the NC legislature with unanimous, bi-partisan support. It will make interactions between law enforcement officers and Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals much safer.

HB84 establishes education and training standards for law enforcement. It gives the more than 1.2 million Deaf and Hard of Hearing North Carolina citizens the option, upon request, to have their driver's license indicate that they are deaf or hard of hearing. This should facilitate communication with deaf and hard of hearing drivers and law enforcement officers.

Adapted from a newsletter written by Ryan Hill.

Last revised December 15, 2017