Local police: what you should do during a traffic stop

3 years 10 months 1 week ago Wednesday, October 05 2016 Oct 5, 2016 Wednesday, October 05, 2016 3:35:00 PM CDT October 05, 2016 in News
By: Laura Barczewski, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

JEFFERSON CITY – Driver interactions with law enforcement officers during a traffic stop have become an important discussion point across the United States in the past few months.

The Jefferson City Police Department and other law enforcement agencies in the area teach students the importance of safe driving practices as early as junior high. Included in that teaching is a lesson on how to interact with an officer during a traffic stop.

These lessons can take many forms and vary from state to state. The Springfield Illinois FBI office is teaming up with other law enforcement officials to create an informational video that will teach teens what to do in three different scenarios—a rural, inner city and highway stop.

The video is a response to a recent bill passed in Illinois that would require driver’s education teachers to teach their students how to interact with a police officer during a traffic stop.

In a news release, Brad Ware, the public information officer for the Springfield FBI office said, “The video will emphasize the rights citizens have when interacting with law enforcement, and how law enforcement is trained to conduct traffic stops.”

In mid-Missouri there is not a specific law or video that requires this type of teaching, but many law enforcement officers visit schools and include the issue as part of their lesson.

“We teach the students to remain in your vehicle, keep your hands visible, don’t reach for anything too quickly, and wait for the officer to get to the window where we will ask what we want from them, such as their driver’s license and proof of insurance or registration,” JCPD Traffic Unit Sergeant Doug Ruediger said.

Ruediger said that the officer would usually ask the driver to explain the reason for the violation because there could be an emergency.

“I stopped a gentleman once for speeding past me, who his wife was in labor, she was getting ready to have a baby like right now,” Ruediger added.

When asked if race played a roll in how they teach, Ruediger said, “Two of our school resource officers are African-American. It’s always great to have them in the room. Sometimes they may connect better with the minority students.”

Ruediger added that the main concern is the safety of everyone. “It doesn’t matter if you’re male, female, African-American, white, Asian, Hispanic. It doesn’t matter. We are out here trying to make a difference so that everyone is safe.”

He also noted that they have a program called First Contact, which teaches parents how to explain traffic safety to their kids before the officers ever some to the school.

“We are trying to get parents involved to educate them on teen driver, graduated driver licensing issues, so that they are in the loop with us,” Ruediger said.

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - As many MU students make their way back to campus for the fall semester, the Tiger Line shuttle... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, August 13 2020 Aug 13, 2020 Thursday, August 13, 2020 12:15:00 PM CDT August 13, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - On Monday, Columbia public schools pushed back the start date of the 2020- 2021 school year till after... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, August 13 2020 Aug 13, 2020 Thursday, August 13, 2020 10:18:00 AM CDT August 13, 2020 in Continuous News
COLUMBIA - Although standardized testing will not be a requirement for admission to the UM System this year, some local... More >>
1 day ago Wednesday, August 12 2020 Aug 12, 2020 Wednesday, August 12, 2020 7:02:00 PM CDT August 12, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA — After a Board of Education meeting earlier this week, Columbia Public Schools will still give families the choice... More >>
1 day ago Wednesday, August 12 2020 Aug 12, 2020 Wednesday, August 12, 2020 6:45:14 PM CDT August 12, 2020 in News
MISSOURI — As COVID-19 continues to spread throughout Missouri, state and local officials confirm new case counts daily. This... More >>
1 day ago Wednesday, August 12 2020 Aug 12, 2020 Wednesday, August 12, 2020 5:30:00 PM CDT August 12, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA — Police have arrested 39-year old Justin Spence, of Columbia, in connection with a burglary that occurred early Tuesday... More >>
1 day ago Wednesday, August 12 2020 Aug 12, 2020 Wednesday, August 12, 2020 2:08:00 PM CDT August 12, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA — The Boone County Commission approved $1.8 million in federal coronavirus relief money (CARES Act) for the health department... More >>
1 day ago Wednesday, August 12 2020 Aug 12, 2020 Wednesday, August 12, 2020 1:54:00 PM CDT August 12, 2020 in News
As COVID-19 continues to spread, KOMU 8 will continue to update you about impacts in the community. You... More >>
2 days ago Wednesday, August 12 2020 Aug 12, 2020 Wednesday, August 12, 2020 11:08:00 AM CDT August 12, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Water supply district number 1 is under a precautionary boil advisory because of low water pressure. There... More >>
2 days ago Wednesday, August 12 2020 Aug 12, 2020 Wednesday, August 12, 2020 11:04:04 AM CDT August 12, 2020 in News
Editor's note: This op-ed is a collaboration between the mental health doctors in the United States from the National Network... More >>
2 days ago Wednesday, August 12 2020 Aug 12, 2020 Wednesday, August 12, 2020 9:39:57 AM CDT August 12, 2020 in A Brighter Tomorrow
COLUMBIA - After school programs have to make adjustments because of the Columbia school board’s vote to delay the start... More >>
2 days ago Wednesday, August 12 2020 Aug 12, 2020 Wednesday, August 12, 2020 3:31:00 AM CDT August 12, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - A Monday crash in Jefferson City damaged three parked vehicles and injured the driver. Curtis Murrell... More >>
2 days ago Tuesday, August 11 2020 Aug 11, 2020 Tuesday, August 11, 2020 8:18:00 PM CDT August 11, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - KOMU 8 confirmed on the scene of the incident a man was shot on Tuesday at the Columbia... More >>
2 days ago Tuesday, August 11 2020 Aug 11, 2020 Tuesday, August 11, 2020 7:22:00 PM CDT August 11, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia mayor Brian Treece called on college students to make smart choices when returning to campus. "I... More >>
2 days ago Tuesday, August 11 2020 Aug 11, 2020 Tuesday, August 11, 2020 4:58:00 PM CDT August 11, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Mizzou superfan Brian Garner has accumulated hundreds of coaches and players' signatures on his prosthetic leg. He hasn't... More >>
2 days ago Tuesday, August 11 2020 Aug 11, 2020 Tuesday, August 11, 2020 4:45:00 PM CDT August 11, 2020 in News
WASHINGTON, D.C.: The news conference is scheduled to start at 4:30 p.m., according to Trump. More >>
2 days ago Tuesday, August 11 2020 Aug 11, 2020 Tuesday, August 11, 2020 4:26:00 PM CDT August 11, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Public school administrators discussed, Tuesday afternoon, the district's reopening plans, as student prepare for the start of... More >>
2 days ago Tuesday, August 11 2020 Aug 11, 2020 Tuesday, August 11, 2020 4:16:00 PM CDT August 11, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA — In a new briefing Tuesday afternoon, Columbia police asked the public for information on two separate early-morning incidents.... More >>
2 days ago Tuesday, August 11 2020 Aug 11, 2020 Tuesday, August 11, 2020 3:53:00 PM CDT August 11, 2020 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 83°
1pm 85°
2pm 85°
3pm 86°
4pm 88°