Traffic-related fatalities and serious injuries have long been regarded as a public health issue, and now it is becoming clear that traffic enforcement is as well. Police officers in the United States pull over more than 19 million vehicles annually, making vehicle stops the number one reason for contact between citizens and the police. Multiple studies have demonstrated that Black drivers are stopped disproportionately, a gap that cannot be accounted for by factors such as differential driving behavior or greater poverty. The inequitable impacts on people of color mean that police traffic enforcement itself poses a danger to these communities. Join Go Human and APA California to learn how communities are reconsidering the traditional role of the police in traffic enforcement and about recent efforts to reimagine community safety.
- Eric Bruins, Transportation Deputy, Office of Los Angeles Councilmember Mike Bonin
- Natasha Riveron, Healthy Parks and Places Manager, Safe Routes Partnership
- Barnali Ghosh, Coordinating Committee, Walk Bike Berkeley