Drivers with special needs could soon have easier time at motor vehicle stops
A motor vehicle stop can be nerve wrecking for any number of reasons including for nerves and communication skills.
For individuals with a special need, expressing and communicating that to a responding police officer at a motor vehicle stop may be difficult as explained by New Jersey State Senator Kristin Corrado who has sponsored legislation which will allow drivers with special needs to add that health designation to their vehicle registration.
“Over the last several months, I have been contacted by constituents who say they have difficulty explaining their physical or developmental disability to law enforcement during vehicle traffic stops,” Senator Corrado (R-40) said in a statement on Monday. “This legislation will help alleviate that issue by allowing people with special needs to have that designation printed directly onto their vehicle registration. This important information will assist law enforcement officials in identifying, and effectively communicating with, individuals with disabilities during vehicle stops.”
This will certainly involved the MVC and Senator Corrado explains that her legislation, S-3424, will require that agency to allow anyone who wishes to, meaning volunteer to do so, add that designation to their registration for themselves or "an immediate family member who regularly operates the vehicle has special needs."
“To make the process as streamlined as possible, New Jerseyans will be able to add the special needs designation to their registration using the motor vehicle website—an in-person visit will not be necessary,” Corrado said. “Our goal is to keep individuals with special needs safe and ensure that law enforcement can respond to vehicle stops more effectively.”
It's not an expiring offer, you can add this when applying for a new registration or renewing the registration either in person or online with the MVC.
In full disclosure Senator Corrado assures drivers that, "the information is not considered a government record and will only be used during a vehicle traffic stop to assist law enforcement."