SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP)- The Springfield FBI office is working with filmmakers to produce a video that agents hope will improve the interactions teens have with law enforcement officers when they’re pulled over.
The Central Illinois Film Commission is shooting the video, which should be available in high schools across the state by the end of the year, The State Journal-Register (http://bit.ly/2cGPOvy ) reported.
The FBI said in a news release that the 20- to 25-minute video will reinforce what drivers should do when they’re pulled over and highlight important safety considerations to be taken when pulled over on an interstate, in a rural setting or within a city.
The video comes at a time of increased scrutiny of police-involved shootings and increased tension between black communities and law enforcement around the nation.
Special Agent Sean Cox said educating young people on traffic stop procedures could prevent some incidents from getting out of control.
“If we teach good, positive behavior to drivers when they start out, then they’ll exhibit it later in life,” he said.
Teresa Haley, president of the state NAACP and Springfield’s branch, said it’s important black people are shown in the video to make it more effective.
“It’s better to be proactive than reactive,” she said.
Schools across the state will be required to cover how to handle being stopped by the police in driver’s education class beginning next fall. The Illinois secretary of state will create the guidelines for schools.
Cox said the legislative requirement wasn’t the motivation for producing the video, but that the video may help schools comply with the law.
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