A Pennsylvania woman has developed a clear identification pouch to be kept in vehicles to keep documents and licenses handy and in view -- and also, she hopes, as a deterrent for fatal traffic stops.
Carter said she believes the pouch will prevent drivers, particularly young men, from reaching around in their cars while looking for the proper identification and perhaps putting police officers on edge, the network reported.
"Not Reaching! is a start to a safe traffic stop and helps to de-escalate a tense situation," according to a statement on the product's website.
That pouch may have saved Castile's life. The Minnesota man was sitting in his car with his wife and 4-year-old daughter when he was pulled over for a broken taillight in a Minneapolis suburb, CNN reported. According to Castile's girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, the 32-year-old told Officer Jeronimo Yanez he had a firearm and a permit to carry one. He also said he was reaching to retrieve his wallet to show his ID.
Castile’s death jolted Carter, who began thinking of a way to protect drivers.
"I'm more fearful (for my son] in a car here than (when he's serving) in Afghanistan," Carter told NBC News.
More than 1,000 of the pouches have been sold, and Carter told the network she has given the product away to just as many drivers.
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