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Pullover Protocol: new stickers to remind people of what to do when pulled over

Posted at 10:56 PM, Nov 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-04 15:41:54-04

Philandro Castile, Sandra Bland, Walter Scott, and Terrence Crutcher. What do these four people have in common? A routine traffic stop -- gone bad.

Violence coming from specific incidents have led to protests all over the nation. Here in Tucson, Ward 6 City Council Member Steve Kozachik wants to make sure that doesn't happen. He says, he's seen enough. So, he and the Tucson Police Department are teaming up to try and make sure of it.
"This is really a result of seeing far too many incidents on the national news," Kozachik said.
This new "Pullover Protocol" program is a way to remind people how to have a routine traffic stop. They are handing out stickers for drivers, which tell them what police want them to do it they're pulled over.
"Very common sense things. But in that kind of moment when you're kind of freaking out because you see the lights," Kozachik said. "You might forget about them and do something inappropriate."
Here are the 5 things police would like you to do:
  1. Pull to the right. If possible, pull into a well lit parking lot.
  2. Roll down the Driver's Window.
  3. Place hands on Steering Wheel.
  4. If there is a firearm in the vehicle, do not touch it.
  5. Tell the officer where it is located. Await instructions.

The City Council Member believes if people can make sure to follow these steps, everybody -- both the officers and the people -- will be safer.

So far, Kozachik says he's handed out a few hundred stickers, and plans to put one in as many cars as possible.