Traffic enforcement report aims for fairness in policing

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BURLINGTON, Vt.– New traffic data shows stops in Burlington have gone down more than 50% since 2015. Each year, Queen City police analyze local stops.

The report also shows the number of crashes are up, but related injuries are down. With the possession of marijuana becoming legal in 2018, roadside searches have also decreased by 70%.

Burlington Police Chief Brandon Del Pozo said the goal of the annual report is about fairness.

“There are still certain disparities,” Del Pozo said. “Black drivers are pulled over at a slightly higher rate than white drivers. We want to figure out why and make sure it’s happening for a reason and try to reduce it whenever possible.”

Del Pozo said 80% of the time someone is stopped with a valid driver’s license, they will receive a warning. The full report will be released Monday. The findings will also be discussed at the Police Commission meeting Tuesday night.  

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