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New Minnesota driver's manual updates aims to defuse traffic stops


The Department of Public Safety will announce changes to the state's driver's manual with expanded language to educate drivers carrying firearms should and should not do during a traffic stop.

The state of Minnesota has updated its driving manual with instructions for motorists with firearms and police officers who pull them over in hopes of preventing deadly outcomes.

Valerie Castile, whose son Philando was fatally shot by police officers even after he disclosed he was carrying a weapon during a traffic stop, helped lead the effort to draw up the new standards. She and law enforcement authorities unveiled the new Minnesota Driver's Manual on Monday, the fourth anniversary of his death.

"This information can save a lot of lives," Castile said at a news conference at Department of Public Safety headquarters to announce the changes. "We all need to be on the same page. We need to know what to expect from one another. At the end of the day, we all want to go home."


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