Study Looks at Trends in Traffic Stops

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By Admin on April 30, 2007 10:20 AM

African-American and Hispanic drivers were more likely than white drivers to be searched by police and were more likely to experience police use of force during traffic stops in 2005, according to a study released Sunday by the U.S. Department of Justice (USDOJ) Bureau of Justice Statistics. Data also showed that, of persons issued a ticket as a result of a traffic stop, black drivers were twice as likely as white drivers to be arrested. The study looked closely at contacts between police officers and a nationally representative survey of more than 60,000 residents age 16 or older.