THP study finds Hispanic drivers pulled over most often - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

THP study finds Hispanic drivers pulled over most often

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A state comptroller's study has found that Hispanic drivers are more likely to be stopped by the Tennessee Highway Patrol than other ethnic groups.

The study was ordered by the state Legislature in 2005 to find out whether race and ethnicity play a role which drivers get pulled over.

The comptroller's office analyzed nearly 240,000 reports issued by the Highway Patrol in 2006.

THP Col. Mike Walker says troopers stop drivers for violations, not because of racial profiling. He says most troopers don't know the ethnicity of the drivers until they are pulled over.

The study found one out of 19 white or black drivers were stopped, while the rate for Hispanic drivers dropped to one in 11.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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