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Blacks, Hispanics Still More Likely To Get Traffic Tickets In Illinois

CHICAGO According to police records, the black or brown people living in Illinois are more likely to be issued a traffic ticket than if you are a white person. Although it appears discriminatory, this conclusion is proven by statistics based on recorded data.

An analysis of the records contained in the Illinois Department of Transportation indicates that, in the year 2011, 61 % of black and brown minorities who were stopped by police got traffic tickets, while only 52 % were issued to the whites. In the year, 2010, a similar disparity appeared.

The Caucasians also fared better in the written warning department last year. In 2011, 32 % of whites were stopped and received written warnings as compared to only 21 % of written warnings given to African-Americans or Latinos.

Overall, traffic records showed that the number of traffic stops made by police in Illinois last year was down nearly 9 % from those in 2010. There were fewer than 2.2 million (2,166,613) motorists stopped in the year 2011 compared to more than 2.3 million (2,376,672) drivers stopped in the year 2010.

To determine what extent racial profiling might be used by police in making traffic stops, the state started keeping track of the racial breakdown of drivers starting 2004.

Way back in 2004, it was recorded that nearly 2.5 million motorists were stopped by police in Illinois. Out of this number, more than 60 % of whites were stopped and issued received tickets while 68 % of minorities who were pulled over and were ticketed. Also in the year 2004, nearly 25 % of whites were stopped and received written warnings while only 16.5 % of minorities were given written warnings.

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Source: CBS Local Com

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