Pretextual traffic stops are unconstitutional and life-threatening. NJ lawmakers must act

October 18 2023

The Center for Policing Equity was mentioned in an op-ed by Karen Thompson, a senior staff attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey (ALCU). Thompson works on civil rights and constitutional issues, focusing on racial inequality. Her op-ed calls for the elimination of low-level traffic stops in pursuit of establishing traffic policies that better serve the community and have more effective outcomes when aiming for the overall increase of safety. The below is an excerpt from the op-ed:

Everyone benefits when we steer policing away from low-level traffic stops to no-contact ticketing. Nationally, these sorts of reforms enjoy big-tent coalitions, showing just how commonsense they are. From grassroots community organizations, to the ACLU, to the American Automobile Association, to the Center for Policing Equity, the push is on to introduce legislation that limit stops for offenses that aren’t related to safety; addresses racial disparities in enforcement, and lets agencies focus on dangerous driving behavior that actually leads to crashes.

Read the full op-ed on the NJ Bergen Record website.