A section of the Rhode Island state driver’s manual that advises drivers not to assume that a traffic stop by the police was based on their gender or race is being removed due to objections from civil rights activists. The activists also objected to language in the guide that appeared to discourage drivers from documenting police actions. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) also objected to other instructions, including one that recommended drivers provide a straight explanation to police and answer their questions to the best of their knowledge, which ignores the right of individuals not to answer questions from the police. The 78-page manual, co-produced by various state departments, is aimed at providing helpful procedures for safe and law-abiding driving skills. The ACLU helped spearhead the campaign to remove the sections from the manual.

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