(Columbus, OH) A bill working its way through the Ohio House may improve communication between law enforcement and people with disabilities.
House Bill 115 would require the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles to keep a database of people who voluntarily submit a form signed by a physician, designating them with a communication disability.
The information then would be made available to police through a statewide law enforcement database known as LEADS. Minors could be enrolled by their parents.
A mother of two autistic children came up with the idea, worried her son may give off symptoms similar to that of an impaired driver. Wood County Republican state rep Theresa Gavarone took the idea and turned it into a bill.