Montgomery County Police Offering Driving Safety Program for Drivers with Autism/IDD

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Montgomery County Police Offering Driving Safety Program for Drivers with Autism/IDDThe Montgomery County Police Department is teaming up with Pathfinders for Autism to offer a Driver’s Safety program for drivers with autism. The program includes a one hour webinar as well as an in person “practice being pulled over” session.

The webinar (April 12th) and practice session (April 13th) are both free to attend, but registration is required. Everyone who attends both the webinar and practice session will receive a free $25 gas gift card.

Additional details below. Click here to register.

MCP Autism/IDD Unit and Pathfinders for Autism present a Driver’s Safety Program for Driver’s with Autism/IDD

EVERYONE feels anxiety when they see that police car light up behind them. You begin to wonder, “Am I in trouble?” “What did I do wrong?” It can make slowing down your brain difficult in that moment and think about what you need to do. So it’s time to start thinking about what you should do BEFORE you get pulled over. The goal is to have a safe interaction during a traffic stop.
Attend the 1-hour webinar and then practice being pulled over with Montgomery County Police.* This program is offered to licensed drivers or drivers with a learner’s permit with the required supervision.
*You can register for the webinar only, but you MUST participate in the webinar to attend the practice session. You must attend BOTH to receive a $25 gas gift card.
Participants will receive:
• A printed copy of “PFA Tips: What to Do During a Traffic Stop”
• An envelope which lists the steps to follow on one side, and tips about autism for the officer on the other side. The envelope can be used to hold the person’s registration card, insurance card, and a copy of the PFA Tips article.
• A laminated card (with clips) to attach to the driver’s visor with the top five instructions of what the driver needs to remember to do during the traffic stop
• An Autism disclosure card
The webinar and practice session are both free to attend, but registration is required. Prior to the webinar, you will be sent a Zoom link.
EVERYONE WHO ATTENDS BOTH THE WEBINAR AND PRACTICE SESSION WILL RECEIVE A $25 GAS GIFT CARD!
WEBINAR: MONDAY, APRIL 12, 2021
6:30 PM -7:30 PM
PRACTICE SESSION: TUESDAY, APRIL 13, 2021
MONTGOMERY COUNTY POLICE
100 Edison Park Drive, Gaithersburg, MD 20878 (use entrance off Main St. off Rt. 28/Darnestown Rd)
Additional information, including how to register for the webinar, can be found here: https://pathfindersforautism.org/traffic-stop-moco/
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