Ocean County Prosecutor releases video of what to during a traffic stop
The latest installment of a series from the Ocean County Prosecutors Office, meant to provide an educational resource for safe-decision making called 'Right Turn', is aimed at teenagers learning to drive so they know what to do when on the road and if they get pulled over.
The OCPO has released the seventh film in its series which to this point has included the subject matters of distracted driving, sexting and drug awareness and abuse.
'Pulled Over' is the name of the latest film which targets High School Juniors and Seniors who are just beginning to drive to show them how to act if/when they get pulled over by a police officer.
The film highlights motor vehicle stops by some of Ocean County's municipal police officers.
It also walks the viewer through each stop with the goal of demonstrating how a person should properly interact with law enforcement during the encounter.
The ultimate goal of this OCPO video is for each of these encounters to lead to a safe and peaceful conclusion for both the Officer and the person who was stopped.
"Due to the recent rise in these types of Police Stops ending badly, the Prosecutor believes that it is crucially important to educate young drivers on some very simple behaviors to employ when pulled over by a Police Officer," OCPO spokesman Al Della Fave said. "Sometimes new drivers do things unintentionally that may heighten law enforcement's concern for their safety."
Part of the film also highlights the important and life-saving 'Move Over Law' and a driver's neglect of it that led to the tragic death of New Jersey State Police Trooper Mark Castellano in 2010, a year after the law was signed by then Governor Jon Corzine.
New Jersey Statute 39:4-92.2 says that drivers are to move over one lane for any stopped emergency vehicle, which includes police, fire and medical vehicles displaying emergency lights, as well as tow truck and maintenance services and motorist aid vehicles flashing amber lights.
If you can't move over, you must slow down to a safer speed.
Another State Trooper, Sean Cullen, was killed in 2016 while responding to a car fire in Deptford.
He was engaged and had a nine-month old son waiting for him at home.
"A special thanks to the New Jersey State Police and Donna Setaro for their contributions to this project as they highlighted the New Jersey "Move Over Law". Donna's son, Mark Castellano was a New Jersey State Trooper who tragically lost his life in the line of duty when he was struck by a vehicle that failed to move over to give him and his fellow Officers room to work while they were investigating an incident on one of our State Highways," Della Fave stated in a release. "Since her son's tragic death, Donna has traveled all over our state and our nation to educate drivers about the "Move Over Law"."
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