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IL driver's education to include traffic stop etiquette


Getting pulled over isn’t usually part of learning to drive, but that’s due to change in Illinois.

A bill signed earlier in August requires driver's education courses to include details on traffic stop etiquette.

On Friday afternoon, August 26, Herrin Police Sergeant David Dorris spoke to students at Herrin High school.

Herrin Police Chief Quinn Laird said the department already had a level of partnership with area schools, but is happy the rest of the state will soon be on board.

The bill says tests must include a demonstration of what a driver's responsibilities are and how to appropriately interact with an officer.

"I believe it will help tremendously," Dorris said. "Because whenever I was learning to drive, the first time I met a cop was when he pulled me over on my own. Now, we're able to talk to them about the process. Why we're doing it, and what to expect."

An excerpt from the bill is found below.

"Beginning with the 2017-2018 school year, the course shall also include instruction concerning law enforcement procedures for traffic stops, including a demonstration of the proper actions to be taken during a traffic stop and appropriate interactions with law enforcement."

-- HB613

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