With the drastic rise of cases surrounding police brutality, the state of Illinois has taken it into their own hands to prevent these senseless events from happening. To tackle the issue, they created a new law whose tactic will require all new drivers to learn how to communicate with police officers when they’re pulled over, ABC 7 reports.
People are startled when those sirens go off, and looking in the rearview mirror to see it’s them being pulled over only adds more nerves to the heart. Therefore, the state’s decision to issue a mandatory teenage drivers course on police interaction will help drivers found in these incidents relax, and build a better relationship with the officer.
It’s “preventing teens from panicking when being pulled over, and also from doing anything that may seem like a red flag to police,” said the governor of Illinois, Bruce Rauner.
With the support and backing of other high officials in the state, who helped create the new law, they hope drivers learn the correct way to interact with officers.
“My hope is that if we uniformly require that driver’s education include the protocol and what is expected when you interact with a police officer that things will not escalate,” said senator Julie Morrison.