Many men cringe at the idea of displaying undue deference or submission to anyone, including a police officer. However, in the wake of recent police shootings of civilians, perhaps there are a few safety rules to consider. According to Country Music musician Coffey Anderson, taking a few simple steps could save your life when stopped by a cop, and so he’s put out a brief instructional video on the method he recommends.
Anderson stresses that cops are concerned for their own safety, and the adrenaline is pumping when they approach your vehicle. By allaying their fears you stand a better chance of a positive interaction, and minimize the change that violence will erupt. For this reason it’s important to keep your hands in sight, and to keep your registration and driver’s license near at hand.
You don’t want to reach for your paperwork by taking your hand out of the officer’s line of sight, which can appear threatening to some cops, who fear you might be reaching for a gun. Anderson recommends turning the car’s engine and radio completely off, and placing your hands at the 10 and 2 positions on the steering wheel, with your fingers extended (palms open) while looking straight ahead. When the cop asks for your identification, you inform him that you are reaching for it on your dashboard, which is in plain sight.
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