What Traffic Stop Data Can Tell Us About Possible Racial Bias in Policing: Results From the North Carolina State Highway Patrol Study

Matthew T. Zingraff, North Carolina State University
William J. Smith, North Carolina State University
Donald Tomaskovic-Devey, North Carolina State University

Data on police traffic stops have recently been collected across a variety of jurisdictions. North Carolina is the first state to systematially collect and make available to researchers data on traffic stops. Traffic stops by the partrol for the year 2000 for the entire state are analyzed and the results discussed in terms of patterns of possible racial disparity and bias.

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