Traffic Stop Data

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Background

New Brighton residents regularly tell us that neighborhood speeding is a concern to them.  Therefore, our police officers focus on traffic safety enforcement, especially at locations throughout New Brighton that historically have high-volumes of motor vehicle crashes.  

In early 2017, the New Brighton Department of Public Safety (NBDPS) joined with other Ramsey County law enforcement agencies to begin voluntarily collecting traffic stop data.  New Brighton initiated this effort to increase transparency and provide more context to the limited amount of information than was previously captured.  Minnesota law does not require the collection of this information.  Starting in January 2017, New Brighton officers began recording the following data on every traffic stop:

  • Perceived race of the driver
  • Gender of the driver
  • Whether the driver was searched
  • Whether the vehicle was searched
  • The reason for the traffic stop (moving violation, equipment violation, investigative, or the result of a 911 call

NBDPS provides the below summary graphics of our data collection pertaining to perceived race of the driver and reason for the traffic stop, along with two data sets containing demographic information from our community, including 2010 US Census Data and enrollment information from Irondale High School by year.  More information about the City of New Brighton and demographics are available on the City’s website: newbrightonmn.gov/about

Several important questions are not answered by this data collection effort:

  1. Demographic information of drivers who reside in the City of New Brighton.
  2. Demographic information of drivers who reside elsewhere but travel through New Brighton.
  3. Demographic information of drivers who either commit a moving violation and/or have an equipment deficiency on their vehicle; this report lists only those who were stopped by police.
Data Collection By Year
2020

Total 2020 Traffic Stops: 2028

Traffic Stops By Perceived Race
Perceived Race Number of Stops Percentage of Stops Irondale H.S. Demographics U.S. Census Demographics
White 928 46% 57% 80%
Black 731 36% 18% 7%
Latino 168 8% 12% 4%
Asian 96 5% 9% 6%
Native American 13 0.64% 0.40% 0.30%
Other 92 5% 4% 2%

Traffic Stops By Perceived Gender
Gender Number Percentage of Total
Male 1,355 67%
Female 671 33%

Traffic Stop By Primary Reason For Stop
Reason For Stop Number Percentage of Total
Moving Violation 1,459 72%
Equipment Violation 364 18%
Investigatory 201 10%
911 Call 2 0.10%

Vehicle/Person Searches
Search Number Percentage of Total
No Search 1,753 87%
Person Searched 146 7%
Vehicle Searched 129 6%

Traffic Stops by Perceived Race By Ambient Light Conditions
Ambient Light Conditions White Black Latino Asian Native American Other
Daylight 52% 31% 7% 4% 1% 5%
Dark 42% 39% 9% 5% 1% 4%

Traffic Stops During Stay At Home Order (Mar 27-May 18) By Ambient Light Condition
Ambient Light Condition White Black Latino Asian Native American Other
Daytime Percentage 8% 8% 0% 0% 0% 2%
Dark Percentage 26% 48% 2% 2% 0% 4%
Daytime Number 4 4 0 0 0 1
Dark Number 13 24 1 1 0 2

Reason for Traffic Stop By Ambient Light Conditions
Ambient Light Condition Moving Equipment Investigate
Daylight 28% 5% 2%
Dark 44% 13% 8%

Percent of Person Searches By Perceived Race
White Black Latino Asian Native American Other Not Searched
4% 3% 0.44% 3% 0% 1% 89%

Percent of Vehicle Searches By Perceived Race
White Black Latino Asian Native American Other Not Searched
4% 2% 1% 0% 0% 0.05% 93%

Traffic Stop Disposition By Perceived Race
White Black Latino Asian Native American Other
Citation Issued 11% 10% 3% 1% 0.26% 1%
Warning Issued 32% 24% 6% 4% 0.31% 4%
Arrest 2% 2% 0.26% 0.15% 0% 0.10%

*Due to Rounding Percentage May Not Add Up to 100%

2019

Total 2019 Traffic Stops: 3,281

Perceived Race Number of Stops Percentage Of Stops Irondale H.S. Demographics U.S. Census Demographics
White 1,661 51% 53% 80%
Black 986 30% 19% 7%
Latino 287 9% 13% 4%
Asian 148 4% 9% 6%
Native American 12 0.37% 0.60% 0.30%
Other 187 6% 5% 2%

Gender Number Percentage of Total
Male 2,174 66%
Female 1,107 34%

Reason For Stop Number Percentage of Total
Moving Violation 2,162 66%
Equipment Violation 754 23%
Investigatory 361 11%
911 Call 4 0.00%

Search Number Percentage of Total
No Search 3,374 85%
Person Searched 265 8%
Vehicle Searched 232 7%

*Due to Rounding Percentage May Not Add Up to 100%

2018

Total 2018 Traffic Stops: 4,230

Perceived Race Number of Stops Percentage Of Stops Irondale H.S. Demographics U.S. Census Demographics
White 2,278 54% 56% 80%
Black 1,104 26% 18% 7%
Latino 316 7% 13% 4%
Asian 233 6% 9% 6%
Native American 18 0.43% 0.60% 0.30%
Other 280 7% 3% 2%

Gender Number Percentage of Total
Male 2,792 66%
Female 1,438 34%

Reason For Stop Number Percentage of Total
Moving Violation 2,772 66%
Equipment Violation 1,027 24%
Investigatory 429 10%
911 Call 2 0.05%

Search Number Percentage of Total
No Search 3,538 84%
Person Searched 341 8%
Vehicle Searched 351 8%

*Due to Rounding Percentage May Not Add Up to 100%

2017

Total 2017 Traffic Stops: 3,962

Perceived Race Number of Stops Percentage Of Stops Irondale H.S. Demographics U.S. Census Demographics
White 2,158 55% 57% 80%
Black 1,097 28% 18% 7%
Latino 286 7% 12% 4%
Asian 175 4% 9% 6%
Native American 18 0.45% 0.40% 0.30%
Other 228 6% 4% 2%

Gender Number Percentage of Total
Male 2,628 66%
Female 1,335 34%

Reason For Stop Number Percentage of Total
Moving Violation 2,320 59%
Equipment Violation 1,159 29%
Investigatory 477 12%
911 Call 6 .15%

Search Number Percentage of Total
No Search 3,374 85%
Person Searched 280 7%
Vehicle Searched 308 8%

*Due to Rounding Percentage May Not Add Up to 100%

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