Las Vegas valley deaf community thankful as new bill goes into effect | KLAS

Tim Smalley, President of the Nevada Association for the Deaf has lived in Nevada his whole life. He and others within the deaf community are beyond thankful for this new year as Assembly Bill 161 is now in effect.

“I’ve had my own experience trying to communicate with the Police Department and dealt with other individuals who have various levels of hearing loss,” Smalley shared.

The bill, passed by Governor Lombardo in June requires the Nevada DMV to “place a flag on a driver’s license and vehicle registration that a communication need exists.”

A major hurdle in the right direction for those living with communication challenges. Particularly for drivers.

“It can be a very scary moment and very confusing, especially if a lot of officers show up and you don’t know why you are being stopped and you don’t know how to respond,” Smalley recalled being pulled over by authorities.

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