Thursday, July 20, 2017

STATEMENT: Bolding's language for traffic stops is published in Arizona Driver's License Manual

July 20, 2017
Contact: Jacqueline Sandoval

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Rep. Reginald Bolding, D-Laveen (District 27), released the following statement regarding the recently updated Arizona Driver's License Manual, which now provides guidance on how motorist should handle law enforcement stops:

"After months of work with community stakeholders, the Arizona Department of Transportation and the Arizona Department of Public Safety, I am pleased to see traffic stop safety language included in the new Driver's License Manual. Protecting the safety of everyone in our community, members of the public and law enforcement, has always been one of my top priorities. The new traffic stop safety addition to the manual gives Arizonans an educational resource and consistent language of what to expect during traffic stops. This is one of many tools designed to promote safety and fairness.

"Arizona is now among the first states in the country to adopt driver's license policy language focusing on bridging the gap between the community and law enforcement agencies involving traffic stops. While I know there is no one catch all solution, my hope is that this is a start to more work that needs to be done."

The new text is contained in section 7 of the manual, on pages 56-57, which can be found here:


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