Oregon aims to keep deaf drivers safe during traffic stops

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Senate unanimously passed a bill Monday allowing a person who is deaf or hard of hearing to have that noted on their vehicle’s registration and on their driver’s license. Under the bill, law enforcement officers can learn — before walking up to the vehicle — that a driver is deaf as they run the license plate through their database. It was earlier passed by the House, also unanimously. Supporters say such laws can help protect people who may not be able to hear and respond to law enforcement commands.