Updated AZ driver's manual explains traffic stop rules

Published: Jul. 25, 2017 at 10:08 AM MST|Updated: Mar. 2, 2018 at 11:20 AM MST
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The latest edition of Arizona's driving manual will have a new special section explaining how drivers should interact with law enforcement.

The new chapter has several updated rules, such as what drivers should do when a law enforcement vehicle pulls up behind them with the lights on.

Drivers should roll down the window, turn off the radio, turn on the light, keep their hands on the wheel and let the officer know if they have a weapon.

Officer Ashely Rodriguez with the Tucson Police Department said, "the most common way an officer meets a citizen is during a traffic stop."

TPD Officer Antwione Robinson adds, "these stops may seem routine, but there are many unknown factors for the officer."

Never make quick movements, or go dive down into other areas of your car.

"We are thinking the worst," said Deputy Ryan Roher with the Pima County Sheriff's Office traffic division. "Why is he doing that? What is he trying to hide? What's he trying to keep us from seeing? So that is pretty scary," he said.

Roher believes a shift in culture in how people see law enforcement is what caused Arizona officials to change the manual.

"In society we have had a lot of attention towards law enforcement and attention towards traffic stops. With social media being the way it is we have constant videos of police officers doing things, but good and bad. So what has happened I think as a community is we've gotten together and said, 'Hey, let's make sure we are educating people appropriately so that they know exactly what to do and exactly what not to do," Roher said.

Drivers who do not cooperate with police demands could be arrested.

But authorities are just like you and me, they want to get home safely every day.

Roher, a father of three said, "I have a family; I want to be able to come home to my family at the end of my day."

you can read the new manual HERE.

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