Alert Texas Law Enforcement of Drivers Challenged with Communication (autism, hearing Impairment,etc)
Make "Communication Impediment" an option when registering your vehicle with the Texas DMV then placed in The Texas Law Enforcement Telecommunications System (TLETS) to alert the officer prior to approaching the vehicle .
Aspergers101 is striving to continue improving communication between Texas law enforcement and those with a communication challenge such as autism or deafness.
*In the 85th TExas Legislative Session, HB 1434 was passed unanimously, allowing the Driver lIcense or State ID restriction code "Communication Impediment with a peace Officer" readily known to all Texas citizens through a statewide initiative by Aspergers101 and supported by the Texas Governor's Committee on People with Disabilities.
*Also revised is the training for Texas DPS Trooper Recruits (and statewide participating agencies) toward understanding drivers diagnosed with Autism and/or other communication challenges.
The third part of the Aspergers101 "Driving with Autism" initiative is to alert law enforcement of a person with autism (or other communication impediment) PRIOR to approaching the vehicle. This would be possible by giving the driver the option when registering their vehicle through the Texas DMV. This notification would then be placed in the Texas Law Enforcement Telecommunications System (TLETS) that law enforcement utilizes for vehicle/driver information when pulling someone over. A simple coding would revolutionize how officers relate to a driver!
No other state in the union has addressed the growing population of drivers with a hearing or communication challenge so effectively as would be Texas if this bill passes.
We've garnered the support of the Texas DMV, the Texas DPS and now we need to hear from you to show our Texas Governor Gregg Abbott and our Texas Legislators that by allowing a computer programmer/coder to place "Communication Impediment" as an option in the DMV registration process, thus the TLETS, we have improved communication drastically between law enforcement and the person challenged with communication. They need to hear your voice!
NOTE: Communication Impediment with a Peace Officer includes: Autism, Asperger Syndrome, Deafness, Hearing Impaired, PTSD, Parkinson's Disease, Mild Intellectual Disability, Down Syndrome, Mutism and more.
We, the undersigned, call upon Texas State Legislators to increase law enforcement's preparedness by approving a bill that would allow a Texas citizen with a communication challenge (autism, asperger, deafness, hearing impairment, PTSD, Parkinson and more) the option to register their vehicle with the Texas DMV, as a person with a Communication Impediment. Once registered, the information would be placed in the TLETS (The Texas Law Enforcement Telecommunications System) alerting the officer of the diagnosis PRIOR to approaching the vehicle in a pull over scenario.
The Alert Texas Law Enforcement of Drivers Challenged with Communication (autism, hearing Impairment,etc) petition to Texas State Legislators was written by Aspergers101 and is in the category People with Disabilities (Communication Impediment) at GoPetition.