Monson Police offering cards to deaf, hard of hearing drivers to ease communication

Hampden County

MONSON, Mass. (WWLP) – A new and welcome way for police to communicate with drivers who are deaf or hard of hearing: Monson Police Chief Stephen Kozlowski has made available special cards provided by the Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

The cards instruct a police officer that the driver they’ve pulled over is either deaf or hard of hearing, and they list the various driving infractions so the driver can understand why they were stopped. 

Within hours, the Monson Senior Center saluted Chief Kozlowski for making the cards available for the asking.

“Imagine being any age, being stopped by a police officer, you’re a little nervous, you’re anxious and if you’re hard of hearing in any way or have a hard time communicating. These cards are going to solve that problem,” said Lori Stacy, Monson Senior Center executive director.

Senior center members enthusiastically embraced this approach to help eliminate communication barriers on the road. Ed Szarlan checked every box before commenting.  

“Everything there it covers. It covers all the instances,” said Szarlan. “I like it, it speaks for you, that’s what it does.”

Monson Police Chief Stephen Kozlowski told 22News the chief agreed to make these cards available at police headquarters, right after he met recently with representatives of the Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

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