There is much uncertainty about what roles the police and army will play in enforcing lockdown regulations, but we do know that they will enforce these, and there will be roadblocks.
Out of uncertainty, some may abuse their power, while most will simply do their job as best as they can, helping to flatten that curve. There has been some alarming content on social media, which is why Bobby is addressing this now.
Here’s a guide as how to best behave in a roadblock situation: First off, limit your travel, if you are going grocery shopping, go to the closest shop. If you run into a roadblock, simply explain what you are doing and don’t immediately become confrontational.
Managing director of MasterDrive Eugene Herbert says: “If you are travelling to work, make sure your employer has provided you with a Form Two permit and keep it in your car at all times. Do not abuse the permits to do things that you shouldn’t either. Additionally, make sure you follow other rules set out for travel: limit car occupants to two, wear a face mask if there are other passengers with you or if an officer approaches your car.”
But remember, as the officers are also not entirely sure what is going on here, they may be extra defensive, so do not under any circumstances get loud and confrontational, just give your documents and answer calmly. If you get aggressive, you could be arrested.
If you are in doubt, know that it is your right to ask for identification from the officer, and it is also OK to film the interaction, just be aware this might create some tension. Rather just have your camera ready, don’t kick off by sticking your phone in the officer’s face.
If you feel discriminated against, you can always call 10111 afterwards. Rather raise your complaint through formal channels.
For the record, Bobby Nitro is looking forward to getting back to those modified cabbies he so enjoys reviewing, but this seems to be the priority at present.
Remember, it’s a stressful time. Herbert says: “While you can’t control what a police officer does, you can control your reaction.”