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VISOR COMMUNICATION CARD for TRAFFIC STOPS

Judy Alden
 

 
Hi all,
 
Thanks to Lisa Yuan, HLAA-DC Board Member for creating this Visor Communication Card.  We researched various iterations and think you will find this very up-to-date and user-friendly.  The Visor Communication Card is not copyrighted.  You are welcome to share with your chapters.  It is a very useful tool to for self-advocacy in an often stressful situation.  Please let us know if any questions.

HLAA-DC has created car visor communication cards to help people with hearing loss communicate with and understand law enforcement officers if they are pulled over while driving. The cards can facilitate clear communication and reduce misunderstandings between you and the officer.

The visor communication card is free to download and print here: HLAA-DC police visor card.pdf. Use regular letter-sized paper to print, then fold at the center dotted line and trim along the borders. You should end up with a two-sided, 3.75”x9.75” card.

Place the card on your automobile’s sun visor above the driver’s seat, so that if you flip down the visor, the card will be visible. You can use clips or rubber bands to secure it in place.

How to Use the Visor Card If You are Pulled Over
Stay calm. Place card in window, or flip down your sun visor so the visor card is clearly displayed. Remain in the car with your hands on your steering wheel at 10 and 2, until you have established communication with the police officer. Make sure the officer notices your visor card. 

Do not make quick gestures or reach for your license and information before you have a clear request from the officer. Police can misconstrue your actions as reaching for a weapon if they cannot see your hands. 
 
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