August 14, 2011
It was found on August 12 that the request for the sign language interpreter has been ignored on the afternoon of July 11 though the Deaf woman (48), who was involved in the traffic accident in Nakahara Ward, Kawasaki City in Kanagawa Prefecture, e-mailed for the emergency and also requested to the policeman of the Nakahara station for the sign language interpreter many times.
The place where the accident occurred was on one side lane of the prefecture highway. The oncoming car driven by a hearing man (71) that crossed the center Line collided with the car that the woman drove. The Nakahara police station sent the papers pertaining to the case to the Public Prosecutor's Office for the man as the suspicion of the car driving fault injury.
The woman e-mailed via the cellular phone to the prefecture police station three times immediately after the accident, "There was an accident now. I am Deaf. Please send the sign language interpreter", and she got only a reply "How did you do?". Even she asked the policeman who came to the site for the the interpreter many times who would never come.
The Nakahara station explained to the reporter, "Communications were taken well through writing and gestures though the policeman on the site did not know the interpreter dispatch system".
On the other hand, the woman signed, "The policeman gestured such like waving his hand in front of my face, putting the index finger on his mouth to tell me to shut up while I tried to explain how the accident occurred. It made me sure feel pressured, disgraced, discriminated".
The Kawasaki City Society of the Deaf to which the woman belongs submitted the letter of protest to the Nakahara police station on August 12, as the Deaf right to know and make remarks being was deprived, also assuming that human rights was violated. They requested every police men to be more aware of the sign language interpreter dispatch system, etc.
The Nakahara police station officials apologized. The response of the prefecture's police interpreter center seems to become a problem.