Educating Teens About Traffic Stops

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Traffic stops for all of us—and especially teens—often create the following concerns:
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"PULL OVER: have no regrets," a teen driver education program, developed by PursuitSAFETY, meets these three concerns for teen drivers head-on. The PursuitSAFETY team works with law enforcement, schools, and existing driver training classes involved in the expansion of the teen drivers education system. To offer today's youth a complete package, include "PULL OVER: have no regrets" in your teen drivers education program. We will attend your train the trainer programs.

Educate teens about traffic stops to help keep everyone safe!

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"PULL OVER: have no regrets" speaks to teenage drivers about the risks and outcomes of fleeing from police.
Our speakers and program provide the following:
  • Through the lens of our loved ones' deaths, we give testimonies that embrace the message of life and safety. Teens hear that if they flee from police, they could be responsible for the death of their sibling, friend, or an innocent bystander.
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    Candy Priano
    taking a break with daughter, Kristie, during an ice skating excursion. Kristie, 15, traveling with her parents to her high school basketball game, became one of the hundreds of innocent bystanders who die each year across the nation from police pursuit crashes. A teenage driver had taken her mother's car without permission. During the Chico, CA, pursuit, she crashed into the Prianos' van.
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    Esther Seoanes
    on her wedding day to James Williford aka "Awesome James."
    He was helping a friend dying of cancer. His life ended when a shoplifter and car thief fleeing police in Austin, TX, crashed into his truck.
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    Patti DeAngelis
    celebrating a moment with daughter Rose.
    Just 17, Rose was a backseat passenger in a car whose driver fled police. She died from her injuries, as did everyone (four teens) in the car. Rose was minutes from home when the crash occurred.
    PursuitSAFETY's team members share the other side of the windshield with the teens and officers. Having had a loved one die, they look outlook toward the dangers of these chases. We have spent countless hours consulting with law enforcement officers throughout the country to understand their perspective on pursuits and provide our point of view on behalf of innocent victims killed as a result of pursuit crashes.
  • We inform teenagers and their parents that the #1 reason teens, not involved in a crime, flee traffic stops is "fear of parents." Most often, teens flee out of fear of getting into trouble with their parents and being restricted from driving if they were to come home with a ticket.
  • Illustrate how to appropriately act when pulled over by law enforcement by explaining the ten things they need to know when stopped by the police.
  • Share with parents and teens the #1 reason teens who are not involved in a criminal act, flee.
    Answer: fear that their parents will become angry at them if they get a ticket.
  • Our speakers discuss with the teens' reasons they might flee from police and then explain why none of those reasons are worth risking their lives or the lives of innocent bystanders and law enforcement officers.
  • We not only connect with teens, we will train in the same training programs as your speakers. We welcome being a part of your train the trainer program, whether it be local police, state or federal law enforcement, EMTs to present a comprehensive presentation.


Ten Things to Know
When Stopped by Police

Compiled from law enforcement agencies
You see the flashing lights in your rearview mirror, and the police officer is not passing you. Ah, that knot in your stomach. You may feel anxious or even angry. That's only natural; most of us have been there.
With this in mind, here are 10 ways that you can help lessen the uneasiness of this experience. When stopped by a police officer, remember:
  1. Police Officers are trained to ask for identification. Providing your documentation will simplify and speed up the process.
  2. Remain in your vehicle unless the officer advises otherwise.
  3. Keep your hands on the steering wheel so the officer can see them.
  4. If the stop occurs during darkness, please turn on your dome light so that the officer can see that all is in order.
  5. Avoid any sudden movements, especially toward the floorboard, rear seat or passenger side of the vehicle.
  6. Bright spotlights are used for the safety of all persons involved. They are not meant to intimidate or embarrass you.
  7. Comply with the officer's request to see your driver's license, proof of insurance and vehicle registration. Most state Motor Vehicle Codes require you to display these items at the request of a police officer.
  8. If your documents are out of reach, tell the officer where they are before you reach for them.
  9. The officer may issue a ticket. If you feel the reason is unclear, ask for details.
  10. If you do not agree with the citation, please do not argue at the scene. You have a right to contest the citation in court.
Traffic stops are a very important law enforcement function, which maintains safety throughout our community
Please understand that each situation is unique and that a police officer must alter his or her response to fit the circumstance. Generally, however, a police officer will:
  • Provide his/her name and badge number upon request.
  • Inform the driver of the vehicle of the reason for being stopped.

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According to its web site, intends to help create a database of all deaths through police interaction in the United States since Jan. 1, 2000. For more information about how obtains and fact checks their data, visit data regarding vehicular police pursuit fatalities suggests that between 2000-2016 at least:
• 19,362 persons killed as a result of police pursuits
• 1,210 deaths per year on average
• 3.31 deaths per day on average

The problem with this data:  Without analyzing each record, we cannot establish what number of these deaths involved a teen driver, nor can we decipher the number of law enforcement officers killed because these records only include civilian deaths.
"PULL OVER: have no regrets" needs to be included in all driver training classes for teens.

Teen Drivers: PULL OVER Handout Two-sided (pdf)

PursuitSAFETY for Teens

Think first. Do not flee.

Please share this information with teen drivers. It may save their lives—or someone else's life.
Why do police officers stop drivers?
There are many different reasons why a police officer might stop you:
  • The officer may want to warn you about a potentially dangerous situation. You may have committed a traffic violation.
  • The vehicle you are driving may have an equipment violation.
  • The vehicle you are driving may match the description of a vehicle used in a criminal act.
Whatever the reason for the stop, the officer needs your cooperation.


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PursuitSAFETY, founded in 2007, is a leading national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing the number of vehicular police pursuits. Most government agencies recognize that people in their teens and early 20s flee from police more than any other age group.

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