A bill is being considered in the Legislature would allow drivers who are autistic to buy special car tags to identify themselves to police.
A few questions:
- ...will the car only be driven by the autistic person?
- Since many autistic people are too young to drive, can a parent buy the tag?
- There are already dozens---really MANY dozens of plates in Alabama (and remember the special plates for universities and the military!). Ask your local police officer about the confusion it causes when deciphering tags.
- The sponsor says he was motivated by a police stop of an autistic person, but the only one I can find involving an actual stop was of a mental health professional who was with an autistic boy and who ended up being shop in the leg by police.
The "Scarlet Letter" reference is literary--- a Nathaniel Hawthorn novel published in 1850.