Let’s be honest. No one likes to get pulled over. A lot of people get an unsettled feeling in the pit of their stomach when they see blue lights in their rearview mirror.
"Very nervous, absolutely. I've been pulled over once, and instantly I was like, shaking,” driver Christina Fraiwat said.
"It makes me feel nervous. It makes me feel uncomfortable," driver Keith Lewers added.
Last year, in a bipartisan fashion, the North Carolina General Assembly did something that will hopefully make drivers feel a bit more comfortable. For 2018, a section has been added to the driver’s manual on what to do during police traffic stops.
Some of the basics include: Don't get out of your car. If you are armed, let the officer know. And, of course the most basic: Cooperate and do what the officer tells you.
Part of the reason for the change is to boost trust between law enforcement and the community.
"If they’re being on the up and up and they are abiding by the laws and codes, I think there will be trust that way," said Lewers.
But some aren’t so sure.
"Honestly when it comes down to it, I think I will still be nervous," said Fraiwat.
The law took effect Jan. 1, and the guidelines be required reading in all driver’s education classes in high school.
In addition to the manual, the information is to be included in on-the-road training and in the classroom.
All of the major law enforcement groups in the state helped to come up with the guidelines.
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