Last fall at Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig High School an interesting and probably life- saving discussion was initiated by the Driver’s Education class. The discussion centered around a recent routine traffic stop in Minneapolis.
The unfortunate result of the traffic stop was the fatal shooting of a young man because he apparently did not follow the officer’s commands during the stop. The result was the very unfortunate and unnecessary loss of a human life.
After considerable discussion with our Driver’s Ed Class, it was agreed we would contact the Department of Public Safety to suggest the following:
• Include in the Minnesota Drivers Manual that any person pulled over be required to place both hands on top of the steering wheel and any passenger (front seat) place hands on the dash immediately in front of them.
• If pulled over at night, the driver is required to turn on the interior lights and place hands on top of the steering wheel.
• Sit still. Make no sudden moves when the officer approaches your vehicle. For example, don’t look for something under the front seat or in the glove compartment.
• Stay calm, follow the officer’s commands explicitly! Do not become combative, argumentative or attempt to challenge the officer in any way. Stay seated unless instructed otherwise by the officer.
After several e-mails back and forth to the Department of Public Safety, we received notice in February that our recommendations were reviewed by two committees and accepted. They will be included in the new Minnesota Drivers Manual. Until then a one page insert will be used.