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Corrado Bill Improving Safety of Vehicle Stops for Individuals with Special Needs Clears Committee

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New Jersey drivers who have special needs may soon be able to have that designation added to their vehicle registration thanks to legislation sponsored by Senator Kristin Corrado and approved today by the Senate Transportation Committee.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Kristin Corrado that would allow drivers who have special needs to add that designation to their vehicle registration was approved today by the Senate Transportation Committee. (SenateNJ.com)

“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,” said Corrado (R-40). “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.”

The bill, S-3424, requires the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) to allow a person to voluntarily designate—as part of the person’s motor vehicle registration—that the person has special needs or that 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,” added Corrado. “Our goal is to keep individuals with special needs safe and ensure that law enforcement can respond to vehicle stops more effectively.”

A person may make the designation when applying for a new motor vehicle registration, upon renewal of a registration, or at any time through the MVC’s website. The information is not considered a government record and will only be used during a vehicle traffic stop to assist law enforcement.

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