Autistic Alabama drivers to get cards to show police

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- The state health department will soon provide cards for Alabama drivers who have been diagnosed with autism disorders.

The Legislature passed a law last year to create for the cards. A proponent of the ID cards, Republican Sen. Arthur Orr of Decatur, says they should be ready in March.

The cards can be held by an individual during a traffic stop. They explain that the driver has an autism disorder and may have difficulty communicating or understanding directions. The cards also explain that the driver may become agitated if touched.

Orr says the cards are a tool to make sure law enforcement and citizens are safe during a potentially stressful situation.

Orr said people can apply for the cards at the state health department, and they will cost $10.

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