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‘Surviving a Traffic Stop’ meeting held in Hinesville for the community, police

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How to survive a traffic stop. With the recent officer-involved shootings, it's a thought that may have crossed your mind.

Wednesday night, a group of city leaders took matters into their own hands to tackle this hard-hitting topic. So what did they say we should do if we ever get pulled over?

There are three C’s to follow. Comply with the officer, avoid confrontation at all costs. And if need be, file a complaint so you can battle it out in the courtroom and not behind the steering wheel.

How intense can a traffic stop be for an officer?

"On a scale of 1 to 10, it’s about a 10, because you never know what to expect."

Almost all of us have been pulled over at least once.  However, these days what is the best approach for a driver when the blue lights appear in the rearview?

"You don't have to grovel, or say yes sir, no sir this that and the other just be an adult,” said Capt. James Reid, Hinesville Police Department.

Capt. Reid says it’s all about complying and listening to the officer’s commands.

"And they're going to tell you what they want you to do you know you can't take it upon yourself to do anything,” said Capt. Reid.. "If you're fidgeting around and being evasive, you're probably going to get yourself in a lot of trouble."

Corporal James Williams walked me through a traffic stop.

First things first, I had to keep my hands visible especially when I told him I had a weapon in the car.

"What I want you to do to is have your left hand on the steering wheel, so that way I can see it clearly,” said Cpl. Williams.

I was then asked to grab my license, and because of the weapon, I was asked to step out of the car.

So I'm complying and avoiding confrontation.

And lastly, if something goes wrong and in fact, your rights have been violated or some type of procedure hasn't been followed:

"You need to take the proper steps that the system provides which is you have to file a formal complaint,” said Cpl. Williams.

Capt. Reid says to remember there are no perfect officers.

"For the most part, I think most of us are, but it only takes a few to tarnish the image of the whole group,” said Capt. Reid.

"Just be respectful of the police officers, do what they say and you won't get in trouble,” said Jakarion Williams.

Wednesday’s seminar was only an hour and there were still so many questions some of the people there wanted to know. This group plans on doing another very similar and very soon.

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