Study: Minority Drivers Ticketed More Than Whites
Drivers of color beware.
The chances of black and Hispanic motorists being issued a ticket after a traffic stop is greater than if your skin is white.
At least that’s according to a study of Illinois Department of Transportation data compiled by the University of Illinois at Chicago Center for Research in Law and Justice.
Data on every traffic stop that occurred within the state of Illinois in 2010 was part of the report, according to a report in the Chicago Sun-Times.
While white drivers involved in a traffic stop were ticketed 55% of the time, minority drivers drove away with a violation 63% of the time.
Hispanic drivers had the worst numbers, getting hit with a ticket 66% of the time, while Asians and black drivers came in at 62%.
Interestingly enough, Chicago cops were very even handed giving all drivers, no matter the race, a traffic violation in 65% of all traffic stops.
This study also showed some insight into racial disparities of what are called “consent searches” where a police officer asks to search a stopped vehicle due to a suspicion of contraband.
While these type of searches only happen in 1% of stops statewide, minority motorists have a greater chance of being asked for a consent search by double the percentage of when white drivers are asked.
But, shockingly Chicago cops ask for consent searches from minorities six times more often than of white drivers.
This insight comes on the heels of the ACLU of Illinois requesting a federal investigation into similar allegations of racial profiling in traffic stops by Illinois State Police, as reported by the Huffington Post Chicago’s Will Guzzardi.
Read all the details of the study in the Sun-Times piece, “Study: Minorities more likely to get tickets, have vehicles searched.”