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B. Deliduka 
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Re: “Traffic-Stop Data Show Racial Disparities in Burlington Policing

While this in interesting, with no controls reported for things like:

number of years driving, number of years living in the USA, Country of Origin (as one person already pointed out, if you grew up driving where the traffic laws are very different then the odds of getting stopped go up)

there is no information about warnings to indicate if a person was warned the first time and ticketed for failure to address a safety issue (head light out) at a later date.

Perhaps information about that nature of the traffic stops.... (distracted driving, speeding, defective equipment, failure to obey traffic signals, failure to yield to pedestrian traffic)

Additionally, before accusing officers of having a racial bias... consider where individual officers patrol. If officers often patrol residential areas that has a higher concentration of a given ethic group one would reasonably expect all interactions with the public to reflect this.

no information was reported about the same driver / vehicle stopped multiple times... (a family car with a headlight out that is driven often as multiple family members work various shifts) could easily result in the same vehicle or driver being stopped before the repair could be made.

I would like access to the data used for this (individuals names and officer names obfuscated or replaced with unique identifiers so individuals and officers can be tracked but not identified) so see what other trends can be found.

I'm curious about bias for day of the month... to see if traffic stops happen more often near the beginning/end of the month... and if searches happen more often on week days / week ends / nights / days... there may also be some interesting information about where traffic stops happen more often.

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Posted by B. Deliduka on 04/14/2016 at 1:47 PM

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