A new law will require education on traffic stops to be included in driver’s training curriculums.

A new law will require education on traffic stops to be included in driver’s training curriculums.

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Driver’s training will now include education on being pulled over by police

By: Joshua Gordon | C&G Newspapers | Published July 16, 2018


METRO DETROIT — A new bill signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder will require driver’s training curriculums to include what to do when a driver is being pulled over by police.

The bill, now Public Act 276 of 2018, was introduced by state Rep. Peter Lucido, R-Shelby Township, and was signed by Snyder on June 27. Lucido said that Illinois had recently amended its law to require similar instruction during driver’s training.

Lucido, who has practiced law for 30 years, said he believes that people should know their rights when being pulled over, as well as know what is expected from them by the officer.

“We learn about driving within the lines and putting on your blinker, but we are not trained on what to do when police activate their overhead lights,” Lucido said. “Can you pull off to the left side of the freeway, or take the next exit ramp to a safer area? Drivers should know what their responsibilities are when they are being pulled over.”

Lucido said that he spoke to officers and asked them about what they remembered from driver’s training. He said he has also defended a client who was arrested for fleeing and eluding after getting off the freeway and driving 3,000 feet to get to a side street.

Along with the new curriculum, which has not been outlined yet, the Michigan State Police have a short video that answers some simple questions about what drivers should do when they are being pulled over.

Michigan State Police Lt. Mike Shaw said drivers should pull off to the right if they can, keep their hands in sight, and not take off their seat belt until they have made contact with the officer. Shaw said drivers should also not try to dispute the ticket at the time; rather, they should wait to go to court if they think it is unfair.

“The time of the traffic stop is not time to argue your innocence, as that is for the court to decide,” Shaw said. “It will not get you anywhere to be confrontational. If the officer is being disrespectful, you can contact their supervisor after the stop.”

Lucido said that in his time as an attorney, he has seen too many tickets given out to people who, if they had been properly instructed, could have avoided further incidents. He wants people to know what rights they have when being pulled over to make it a better interaction with the police.

Instead of fleeing and eluding or obstruction of justice charges, Lucido thinks educating new drivers can prevent a lot of incidents.

“With today’s society the way it is, people are fearful it may not be a police officer pulling them over or of what their responsibilities and duties are during a stop,” he said. “This can help lend some benefit to new drivers of what they can or should do. This will help level the playing field, as people should respect officers and officers should respect people.”