Traffic stops by Burlington police down 56 percent since 2015

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Officers with the Burlington Police Department made 56 percent fewer motor-vehicle stops in 2018 than they did in 2015.

The data released by Chief Brandon del Pozo on Monday showed that traffic stops have dropped each year since 2015 and, del Pozo said, extends across all racial groups.

The number of traffic stops by Burlington officers is down 56 percent since 2012. (Burlington Police Dept.)

About 57 percent fewer black drivers were pulled over by Burlington police in 2018 than in 2015, the report shows. The decrease among white drivers was 52 percent.

The numbers also show that while the number of accidents has remained steady, the number of serious accidents resulting in injury has fallen 41 percent since 2012.

Serious accidents with injuries have declined by 41 percent since 2012, even as the number of accidents has remained about the same. (Burlington Police Dept.)

“The judicious use of car stops by Burlington officers is having a much-reduced impact on all of the city’s drivers,” the report said.

The department is preparing to release a full report on traffic enforcement July 29. Del Pozo said the report will be discussed at a meeting of the city’s Police Commission on July 30.

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