Relax Respect Respond

Girl Scout Badge Presentation

The Badge

Hannah Richard Gold Award Girl Scout Project

why she created

RELAX RESPECT RESPOND

In drivers training, the instructors do not go into depth or discuss what to do when stopped by law enforcement. That is why I choose to get involved. Driver training instructors believe adolescents should know what to do when they are pulled over, but high school students are not taught.

The goal of the 3 R’s program: RELAX RESPECT RESPOND, is to educate new drivers so that they know what to do when stopped by law enforcement. Too many incidents happened because new drivers were taught what to do and get extremely nervous because they are afraid.

For my Gold Award Project, I worked with the Troy Police Department School Liaison Officer Julian, and Brenda Rosenberg, (community leader and liaison to the Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan) to create the RRR Program. Brenda was an excellent advisor because she had created a high school course entitled “Hate 2 Hope” a program that fosters trust between law enforcement and community by working together to face challenges and find solutions as a team.

My goal is to ensure that new drivers will be prepared if they are stopped by police. Being pulled over by police can be a stressful event for both sides, law enforcement, and the driver/passengers. The 3 R’s Program is designed to educate and prepare new drivers so that they know what to do when stopped in a motorized vehicle. The mutual understanding of the 3 R’s Traffic Stop Protocol allows drivers, passengers and law enforcement feel safer during a traffic stop. There has been to many incidents of drivers running off the road, as well as drivers, passengers and police being injured and/or dying during a traffic stop. I accomplish my goal of creating a successful educational program that illustrates a step by step protocol to follow during a traffic stop for drivers, passengers and police with the Troy Police. I am grateful for the support and guidance of my advisor, Brenda Rosenberg, and New Detroit.

As a reminder of the 3 R’s Program RELAX RESPECT RESPOND, Troy High School students received a pocket decal for their phones which helps individuals to remember that by staying relaxed, being respectful and responding in a nice manner, being pulled over will be safer and less stressful.

MY DREAM IS TO BRING THIS PROGRAM TO EVERY HIGH SCHOOL AND NEW DRIVER IN MICHIGAN AND POTENTIALLY ACROSS THE UNITED STATES.

Listen to our rap song

"Relax Respect Respond"

by Dovingall Music; Michael Mingall and Alfonso Dover

Watch Our Video

Created by Trinity Films Entertainment Group; Director Marshalle Montgomery Favors, Producer Lazar Favors

TRAFFIC STOP PROTOCOL

FOR DRIVERS, PASSENGERS, AND POLICE

RELAX
RESPECT
RESPOND

Step 1

When you see the lights flashing DON’T PANIC. Find a safe place to pull over (if a parking lot is close, go there).

Step 2

Use your blinker and pullover to right side of road.

Step 3

Put car in park.

Step 4

Do not move until officer gives you directions. Keep hands on steering wheel.

Step 5

Let officer know where you need to get license, registration. Clearly communicate ( “I need to reach into my glove compartment, purse or console.”

Step 6

If driver is a a CPL holder, officer must be told immediately.

Step 7

Any person in the car can be asked to step out.

KEEP IN MIND

  1. Officer will let you know why you were stopped.
  2. Officer will explain the citation (if there is one) court date, fines etc.
  3. If civilian is being uncooperative (not showing ID, not stepping out of car when asked, etc.) officers have the right to physically remove anyone from the car.
  4. Officer will identify themselves and badge number if asked.

RELAX

RESPECT

RESPOND

Practical Law TV interview

Our Team

Co-creators: Hannah Richard – Girl Scout’s Gold Award Recipient
Brenda Naomi Rosenberg – Girl Scout Leader and Advisor
Rap Song: Dovingall Music; Michael Mingall and Alfonso Dover
Video: Trinity Films Entertainment Group; Director Marshalle Montgomery Favors, Producer Lazar Favors
Law Enforcement Advisor: Officer John Julian – Troy High School

Contact

Hannah Richard, GOLD AWARDEE

248.918.1402

[email protected]

Brenda Naomi Rosenberg

248.790.1544

[email protected]