Important Safety Information
5/3/2018 2:25:42 PM
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This is a special message from
and provided by the Commission of Deaf, DeafBlind & Hard of Hearing Minnesotans.
The Minnesota Department of Human Service’s Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Division (DHHSD), has a new communication card to help law enforcement (police, state patrol and sheriff) and people with hearing loss communicate better during traffic stops.
DHHSD worked with the Department of Public Safety (DPS) to develop the communication card. DHHSD thanks all the Minnesotans who are deaf and hard of hearing who helped decide what pictures to use on the communication card.
If you are pulled over by law enforcement, remember:
When law enforcement gets to your window, tell them that you are deaf or hard of hearing (voice this or gesture this).
Tip! If you have the small wallet-sized “I am Deaf” or “I am hard of hearing” identification card, place it behind your driver’s license in your wallet or billfold.
Don’t reach for the communication card. Tell the law enforcement personnel that you are getting this communication card, and then hand over both the driver’s license and the I am Deaf/Hard of Hearing card when asked. Why? They may think you are reaching for a gun or another weapon! We want you and law enforcement to stay safe.
People who want a paper or electronic copy of the communication card should send an email to email@example.com or call 651/431-5940 Voice or 651/964-1514 Video Phone. DHHSD staff will need 1) your name, 2) mailing address and 3) the name of the county where you live.