HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – The Pennsylvania State Police says it hopes to resume collecting data early next year on the race of drivers that troopers pull over after a news organization reported the practice ended seven years ago.
Spotlight PA said Friday the agency stopped recording the race of drivers in 2012.READ MORE: 2 Businesses Shut Down By Allegheny County Health Department
A state police spokesman says it was because of studies indicating there wasn’t evidence of racial disparities in traffic stops.
Spotlight PA says state police tracked that data until the mid-1970s, then resumed in 2002.READ MORE: Bone Found In SUV Of Ohio Mom Stephanie Van Nguyen And 2 Kids Missing Since 2002
A 2004 report found there wasn’t consistent evidence drivers were being stopped because of their race or ethnicity.
The study also found, however, there were “racial, ethnic, and gender disparities” in how stopped motorists were treated by troopers.MORE NEWS: Former Pennsylvania Health Secretary Rachel Levine Becomes First Openly Transgender Four-Star Officer
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