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
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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