Jackie Carter has created a special clear plastic magnetic pouch that can affix to a car dashboard and holds a driver’s important documentation that she’s has dubbed the ‘Not Reaching’ pouch.
The inspiration for the pouch came from the 2016 murder of 32-year-old Minnesotan Philando Castile, who was shot and killed by a police officer while reaching for his wallet. Carter, who lives in Alexandria, Virginia outside of Washington D.C., became very worried about her own son, who was celebrating his 30th birthday at the time of Castile’s death.
“I’m more fearful [for my son] in a car here than [when he’s serving] in Afghanistan,” Carter tells NBC BLK.
On the pouch, the contents are boldly stated: “Driver’s License. Insurance Card. Registration.” Since its launch three years ago, it’s sold more than 1,000 units, with dozens more given away to drivers in her community.
Valerie Castile, Philando’s mother, supports Carter’s product, according to NBC News, but she also says it’s upsetting that it’s come to this — having to create a device in the hopes of preventing a fatality.