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Bills would require drivers ed to include how to interact with police

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State Sens. Marty Knollenberg, R-Troy, Vincent Gregory, D-Lathrup Village, and Margaret O'Brien, R-Portage, have introduced bills to try to reduce tensions that can arise for drivers and police officers alike during traffic stops.

The so-called "What to do if stopped by blue" legislation would require driver's education to include training for how to act during a traffic stop by police.

The training would be developed by the Michigan Secretary of State and the Michigan State Police.

Knollenberg says the bills are a response to incidents in which police officers or motorists are killed during routine traffic stops.

Police officers would also be required to give drivers they stop a business card with contact information where drivers can lodge complaints.

Tracy Samilton covers energy and transportation, including the auto industry and the business response to climate change for Michigan Radio. She began her career at Michigan Radio as an intern, where she was promptly “bitten by the radio bug,” and never recovered.