For many people, getting pulled over can be a nerve-wracking experience, especially if the driver is unable to immediately recognize why he or she has been stopped by authorities. Some of these people become flustered and are unsure of what to do during the traffic stop. What should they do, or what should they avoid doing? Unfortunately, some individuals find themselves in this situation more often than others because of profiling. One man, originally from Georgia, who was tired of being profiled created an app meant to inform people accused of traffic offenses of their rights and give them tips on how to handle in certain situations.
While living at home and attending college in another state, the creator of this app was pulled over numerous times for minor traffic violations. He claims that young black men who left campus ten times could expect to be pulled over around half of those times. Although none of these stops resulted in a ticket or an arrest, it was still a frustrating experience and prompted him to create the app Legal Equalizer.
This app provides drivers with a wealth of information. It provides a library of traffic laws from every state as well as guides describing what drivers should do in specific situations like a traffic stop or a car accident. It also includes a video feature that allows the driver to record the encounter with the officer. Drivers are discouraged from attempting to use the app to argue with on-duty officers, but former and current members of law enforcement have chosen to show support for this still-improving app.
It is possible that this app could help drivers to better understand and follow the traffic laws in their area. Drivers in Georgia who believe that they have been pulled over and ticketed unfairly may wish to consult with a local attorney. A lawyer may be able to help drivers accused of traffic offenses prove that a ticket was unfairly issued. At the very least, an attorney can help reduce the severity of the punishment or fine issued.
Source: charlotteobserver.com, “Davidson College grad creates app for when you’re stopped by police”, Anna Douglas, Feb. 22, 2018