LANSING, Mich. (AP) (10/16/2019) - Legislation advancing in Michigan is designed to help police better interact with people with autism or hearing issues.
The state Senate voted unanimously Wednesday to let people elect a "communication impediment designation" when applying for or renewing their driver's license, vehicle registration or state ID card.
Law enforcement would be notified of the designation when looking up a license or registration in a database during traffic and other stops.
Supporters say the bills would help officers avoid misinterpreting autism-related behaviors that could escalate interactions with law enforcement.
The legislation goes to the House for consideration next.
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