Major Ken Howes or
Florida Highway Patrol
For Immediate Release
Tallahassee - The Florida Highway Patrol today released its first month of traffic stop data collection information obtained from FHP troopers statewide. The FHP began voluntarily collecting data on all traffic stops on January 1, 2000, in response to the nationwide issue of racial profiling, in which some minority groups claim that some traffic stops made by police are based solely on the driver’s race or ethnicity. In Florida, there was no available evidence to support or refute the existence of widespread racial profiling. By voluntarily documenting and then analyzing all of the traffic stops made by it’s troopers, Patrol officials hoped to prove that the Florida Highway Patrol does not engage in racial profiling. Since January 1, 2000, troopers have been required to manually record data on every traffic stop they initiate.
A total of 47,357 FHP traffic stops made during January 2000 were analyzed and compared by race and ethnicity to 1990 Census data. These traffic stops are broken down as follows:
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"Fortunately, accusations of racial profiling against the Patrol have been few and far between. I truly believe that the stops we make are based strictly on observed traffic violations, and are not made because of the color of a driver’s skin or other inappropriate and illegal reasons. This first month of data analysis on over 47,000 traffic stops supports this belief," said Colonel Charles C. Hall, Director of the Florida Highway Patrol.
Manual data collection by troopers will hopefully only be a stopgap measure until the FHP can enter this information either through the Patrol’s Computer Aided Dispatch system, or through the use of Mobile Data Terminals.
The complete traffic stop data collection report will be made available in the near future on the FHP website at www.flhsmv.gov/fhp.