Support Data Collection on Traffic Stops

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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 soon, collection of this valuable data will end. This keeps the current practice in place. The proposal also 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 that you support continuing data collection in Illinois.

Message Recipients:
Your State Upper Chamber Representatives

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Your Message
Dear Senator,

For more than a decade in Illinois, data collection around police stops for drivers and pedestrians has served as an important tool for police officers and the public to identify and combat racial disparities in law enforcement. The data allows concerns of Illinois citizens to be better addressed, resources such as specialized training to be provided, the honest efforts of Illinois' law enforcement professionals to be demonstrated, and the civil rights of all Illinois citizens to be protected.

Despite improvements in the reporting from some departments, the data for 2016 released by the Illinois Department of Transportation shows continued racial disparities in traffic stops and consent searches. Only by collecting, analyzing and confronting this data will we see a review of policies and training and can lead to implementation of practices that prevent biased policing.

The current practice of collecting this data – is good policy for the public and for police. I urge you to support this important measure.

Sincerely,

[First Name] [Last Name]
[Your Address]

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