Arizona Driver’s Manual Now Includes How to Avoid Being Shot by Police

So it’s finally come to this. Arizona’s state driver’s manual has undergone a recent update to reflect an increasingly visible safety hazard to motorists: trigger-happy police officers.

Lawmakers from the state, including Democratic State Rep. Reginald Bolding, requested a survey from Arizona drivers regarding how they believed they should behave when pulled over by a traffic officer. According to Bolding, the results revealed a variety of different opinions; some said they would park then open their glove compartment to retrieve their documents, while others indicated that they would simply wait to be approached.

Arizona police departments were also surveyed, and this produced its own set of conflicting suggestions.

Realizing that confusion exists on both sides about appropriate behavior during a traffic stop, Bolding and his colleagues believed it was time to update the state’s driver manual.

Among the new guidelines: Motorists should first turn off their engine, remain buckled in their seat, roll down their windows, keep their hands in visible spots on the steering wheel and, if it is night, turn on the cabin light. If the driver is carrying a weapon, they should promptly inform the officer.

This last point, Bolding says, is particularly important as Arizona laws are very open regarding the carrying of firearms.

It is a sorry state of affairs when, rather than reforming law enforcement, law-abiding motorists are told to alter their own behavior, all in the hope — but not guarantee — that they will avoid being shot by an officer.

As the state congressman acknowledged, these suggestions will not always prevent shootings. As with Philando Castile, a black man who was killed in Minnesota after informing a traffic officer that he was legally carrying a gun, even these guidelines could result in death.

It is especially telling that even though Castile lost his life under highly questionable circumstances, Officer Jeronimo Yanez not only faced acquittal over the shooting, but was also given $48,500 plus unused leave pay to resign from his department.

In other words, civilians must bend over backwards to not be killed by those whose duty is to protect and serve. In this case, when a civilian wound up dead, the officer got a payday.

To people baffled by the grievances spurring the Black Lives Matter movement, they need look no further than this disgraceful norm that the United States has settled into.

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95 comments

Sarah Hill
Sarah Hill18 days ago

The best way is to obey all instructions & or orders from the police.

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Mike R
Mike Rabout a month ago

Thanks

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Mike R
Mike Rabout a month ago

Thanks

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Mike R
Mike Rabout a month ago

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Mike R
Mike Rabout a month ago

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Mike R
Mike Rabout a month ago

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Mike R
Mike Rabout a month ago

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natasha s
Past Member 2 months ago

Unbelievable

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iloshechka A
iloshechka A2 months ago

thanks

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Margie FOURIE
Margie FOURIE2 months ago

Well I hope it comes at the bottom of the list, after shooting by criminals, hijacking, etc. The police in general are decent.

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