BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – Student drivers at the All Star Driving School in Boardman received a lesson on what they should do if they’re pulled over.
About 20 students saw Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper David Brown’s demonstration on Tuesday. A few said getting pulled over is something they’d never thought about.
“It’s all completely new to me. I see some things on TV, I learn from little things like that but I’ve learned a lot just from doing this,” Nate Fowler said.
Greg Anderson, the president of All Star Driving, says he asked for this demonstration because of the perception some people may have of the police. He hopes it forms a better relationship between law enforcement and the public.
“We’re showing them the way it’s supposed to be done and the way it shouldn’t be done,” Anderson said. “They’re actually seeing how dangerous it absolutely is.”
Driving student Josh Hillyer says he didn’t realize the dangers officers face during the process.
“I didn’t think there was all those things they had to go through and all the things they had to look for,” he said.
Troopers say the best thing to do after getting pulled over is to keep your hands on the wheel so the officer feels safe.
“Your eyes aren’t going to hurt us, your feet aren’t going to hurt us, it’s your hands that could hurt us,” Brown said. “When we see that, we’re more relaxed when we’re coming up to a vehicle.”
Anderson wants to continue bringing hands-on lessons to his driving students.
“If we just talked about it, they probably wouldn’t even realize what we were saying but if they actually witness it, they actually see it, they actually walk up to the car, they’re going to retain this for a lifetime and hopefully pass it on to their friends,” he said.
Anderson says it’s important to give young drivers the opportunity to experience the other side first-hand.