More than a decade ago, Illinois began collecting basic data about all traffic stops in Illinois – including the race and gender of the driver, as well as the reason for (and outcome of) the stop. The data has proved invaluable. Each year, it consistently demonstrates that motorists of color are more likely to be stopped and asked to consent to their vehicle being searched.
For this reason, collecting this data remains an important tool for police officers and the public to identify and combat racial disparities in law enforcement. But if we do not act this year, collection of this valuable data will end. House Bill 1613 keeps the current practice in place, and ensures that the State continues to study and identify the best use of technology to collect, compile and analyze data on these stops.
Tell your State Senator you support continuing data collection in Illinois.
Your State Higher Chamber Representatives