Sheriff's Office Joins State Wide Initiative to Assist Hearing Impaired
(Harford County, MD – April 1, 2008) — The Harford County Sheriff’s Office has adopted the Maryland Sheriff’s Association’s DRIVER is DEAF visor card program. The laminated card states "DRIVER IS DEAF" and gives the driver instructions on how to use it in the event of a routine traffic stop to help prevent miscommunications.
The card can be placed in the windshield when the vehicle is being operated by a deaf driver, and stored in the visor at other times. When needed, the card will inform deputies that the individual has special communication needs due to hearing loss, and is not intentionally failing to respond to their request.
"These cards will enhance communications between our deputies and those who are hearing impaired and virtually eliminate the possibility of misunderstandings between drivers and deputies," said Sheriff Bane. Deputies and supervisors have been trained to look for these cards when conducting motor vehicle stops or assisting motorists.
The visor card for deaf and hard-of-hearing drivers is available at the Harford County Sheriff's Office Headquarters Building in Bel Air, the Northern Precinct in Jarrettsville, or the Southern Precinct in Edgewood. Cards may also be obtained from the Maryland Sheriff’s Association office by calling 410-269-4238.