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Police teach new drivers about being pulled over

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HARRISBURG, Ill. -- Illinois law mandates that all driver's education classes include a section on what to do during a traffic stop. News Three went to Harrisburg High School Wednesday as new drivers learned how to handle the tense situation. 

Freshman Shelby Bartok is learning to drive and being pulled over, even for practice, makes her uncomfortable. 

"Incredibly nervous and fidgety," said Bartok. 

That's why her teacher, Richard Dwyer, asks a police officer to visit and explain a traffic stop from their perspective. He also asks them to pull over the Driver's Ed car so students can practice interacting with police. 

"I tell them the law, but they get to hear that, when he comes up to the person he's puling over, the person is making him nervous and he doesn't know what to expect," said Dwyer. 

Bartok and her classmates also learned about the dangers and penalties of distracted and drunk driving. But the lesson Bartok believes will be most valuable was taught outside the classroom with red and blue lights flashing behind her.

"You're not left surprised and waiting and even more anxious then you probably already are during the mock pullover," said Bartok. 

Mr. Dwyer hopes by students having this face-to-face contact with the police officer, they'll be less nervous when they get pulled over.

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