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New Illinois law designed to teach youth how to handle police interactions

Cop and young driver in traffic

Cop and young driver in traffic

CHICAGO (AP) — A new Illinois law aims to teach drivers how to act if they’re stopped by a police officer.

The Chicago Tribune reports that the measure comes amid increased tension in Chicago and across the nation over how traffic stops can go terribly wrong and turn deadly in the worst cases.

The law targets the youngest and newest drivers, mandating that all driver’s education classes include a section on what to do during a traffic stop.

The bill went quickly through the state Legislature and was signed into law by Gov. Bruce Rauner last month.

Democratic state Sen. Julie Morrison of Deerfield, who was a co-sponsor of the bill, says it’s more about commonsense than innovation. She says she hopes it protects both the driver and the office from the incident escalating.