It’s something we’re seeing more and more of: people arguing with police officers during routine traffic stops rather than complying.

A new law goes into effect July 1st that hopes to cut back on some of those negative interactions with police officers.

“I think all of us, when we see those blue lights behind us, our first thought is I hope that’s not for us,” said Jim Stepp, the owner of Brambleton Driving School.

He has 34 years of driving instructor experience, and even he admits he still gets nervous during stops, but it’s important to maintain your composure.

“There is going to be that anxiety, but just calm the situation down, and realize that you just have to have things in order,” he said.

Two of his students, Robert Childress and Riley Snowden, both say they’ve noticed a trend amongst younger people to argue with police officers instead of be respectful, and listen to them.

“It’s something I have noticed, but I’ve always been taught that having a license is a privilege, and that man can take it away from you just as fast as it was given to you. So you need to respect the law,” said Childress.

“It’s not always necessarily right, but that can be adjusted later. You just do what they say because they’re just doing their job,” said Snowden.

And that’s where a new law comes into play. The law that goes into effect on July 1st will require public school system driving schools to teach students the proper way to interact with officers during a traffic stop, and also give them an idea of what to expect.

“I think it’s a great idea because not many teenagers know what to do during a traffic stop. They’re always super nervous, and it just makes the whole situation kind of elevated,” said Snowden.

Stepp says that all of his students go through the proper steps of a traffic stop while in his classes. He says that practicing with them will make student drivers more comfortable during their first traffic stop.

Stepp says these are a few of the things to keep in mind during a stop:

*Firstly, be compliant and respectful.

*Have your license, registration, and any other documents out of on your dashboard before the officer gets to your window.

*And lastly, keep your hands visible by placing them on the top of your steering wheel, and don’t make sudden movements like you’re reaching for anything.