ST. PAUL —“License and registration, please." It's what we expect to hear when law enforcement stops us for a moving violation.
But today, many motorists ask themselves when the appropriate time is to reach into their glove box, purse or back pocket for the information.
The Minnesota State Patrol, along with several law enforcement agencies across the state, want to make it easier for drivers to store the information and for law enforcement to see when motorists are reaching for documents.
It's called a “Not-Reaching Pouch." Its intent is to store a person's driver's license, and insurance card in a pouch that's kept in plain sight in the vehicle on an air vent or other visible location.
The Department of Public Safety (DPS) recently purchased some Not-Reaching Pouches, which were created by Valerie Castile in partnership with Jacquelyn Carter, to help reduce deadly force encounters between law enforcement and citizens during traffic stops.
The Minnesota State Patrol and other agencies hand out the pouches during community events and other contacts with citizens.
Participating agencies include:
- Minnesota State Patrol
- Saint Paul Police
- Brooklyn Park Police
- Crystal Police
- Bloomington Police
- St. Louis Park Police
- Richfield Police
- Eagan Police
- St. Cloud Police
- University of Minnesota
- Rochester Police
- Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office
“We are continually looking for ways to reduce deadly force encounters as these instances can be catastrophic for police officers, and community members ," said DPS Assistant Commissioner Booker Hodges. “By working together with Ms. Castile, who has tirelessly advocated for these since her son was killed in a deadly force encounter with law enforcement, we are hoping these pouches help in some way reduce these instances, even if it's just one."