North Carolina Lawmakers Add "Police Stop Behavior" to Driver's Ed Materials and Curriculum

Posted by Blake Caulder | Jul 06, 2017 | 0 Comments

The institution of law enforcement was established to ensure that people abide by the laws of the land. Police officers have been granted exclusive authority to warn, arrest and detain people who violate these laws with the use of force if necessary. In the event that a police officer uses force against a civilian in a fashion that is deemed excessive or unnecessary, this is act is considered police brutality. However, this concept isn't necessarily black and white.

Anyone who has access to news and media outlets is aware of the controversial debates the topic of police brutality sparks. Fatal interactions between police and civilians inspired the emergence of advocacy groups and movements nationwide that either supports the institution of law enforcement's behavior in these situations or criticize the institution for the recurrent perpetuation of what many constitute as police brutality.

In connection to this phenomenon, North Carolina lawmakers have passed new legislation that has major implications. The General Assembly gave its ultimate approval to a law that would require North Carolina high school driver's education curricula in high schools and state driver's license handbooks to provide tips to new motorists regarding how to react when stopped by police. Driver's ed courses will have detailed portions that give young motorists advice about what to expect when a police officer pulls them over for traffic stops. The instructors have concluded that the most appropriate thing young motorists should do when pulled over is to:

  1. “Find a safe place to pull over. After all, officers don't expect you to stop in the road.
  2. Put your hands on the wheel and don't move until the officer gives instructions.
  3. Treat the officer the way you would want to be treated.”

Lawmakers claim that the information put in these educational booklets will be provided by the Highway Patrol several other law enforcement agencies.

As expected, there are mixed opinions pertaining to the bill's passing. Supporters claim that the bill would decrease fatalities.

“I think it could save lives,” said Mickey Tripp, owner of Carolina Road Driving School. “I think it could save unnecessary trips to the jail by an individual who is too disrespectful to a police officer.”

Critics, however, say that the bill is designed to create a scapegoat for police brutality. They claim that instead of holding police officers accountable, it is shifting the blame for the occurrence of these deadly incidents onto the victims.

The bill is now awaiting the approval of Governor Roy Cooper.

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Blake Caulder

I am a North Carolina native who was born in Marion, but grew up in Rutherfordton. While I was truly blessed to be raised in a loving, caring, and stable home, I realized at a young age that not everyone had that opportunity and always had a heart to help my friends who were hurting. Upon graduating high school, I began working with my father who has a real estate office in Bat Cave, North Carolina, while at the same time, attending Gardner-Webb University. I was seeking what direction to go with my career. At the time, the most reasonable thing appeared to be to join my father in his real estate practice. But putting aside the financial aspect and given my passion to help people, I wanted to do something that would allow me take that passion to a whole other level. That's when I found the practice of law. Upon graduating from GWU with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting, I was accepted to Elon Law School and was a recipient of a Presidential Scholarship. After completing my first year of law school at Elon, I transferred to Charlotte School of Law to be closer to home and my wife. As an attorney, I genuinely care about each individual client. My first and foremost goal is to help every client achieve the best possible outcome in their case and I strive to make a difference in their lives. I practice in the areas of personal injury, criminal defense, family law, civil litigation, and estate planning. While attending law school, I acquired significant legal experience in multiple practice areas by interning with both the law firm of Tomblin, Farmer and Morris, PLLC and the legal department of Family Dollar. In addition, I defended clients in criminal cases through Charlotte School of Law's Criminal Justice Clinic and provided legal services to individuals who were starting businesses through the school's Entrepreneurship Clinic. When I'm not practicing law, I love being involved in the community, participating in the local prison ministry and community service opportunities. I am very grateful to have a wonderful wife, Daniella, and we were blessed with our first child, Coleman Blake Caulder, in January 2015. Education: Charlotte School of Law J.D., Summa Cum Laude Class Rank – 1 of 328 Order of the Crown CALI Excellence for the Future Awards – Criminal Procedure, Non-Profits, Estate Planning, Civil Rights Pro Bono Honors Full Scholarship Gardner-Webb University B.S. in Accounting, Summa Cum Laude Distinguished Senior Student Award – Highest GPA Alpha Sigma Lambda National Honorary Society Bar Admissions: North Carolina State Bar South Carolina State Bar

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