A new report on police traffic stops in Rhode Island says minori­ties are more likely than whites to be pulled over in a majority of com­mu­ni­ties, but less likely to get a ticket.

Researchers at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity reviewed nearly 154,000 traffic stops made by 39 police agen­cies last year from Jan. 1 to Sept. 30.

The study found that 77 per­cent of stops involved white dri­vers, 11 per­cent His­panic dri­vers, nearly 10 per­cent black dri­vers and 2 per­cent Asian/​Pacific Island dri­vers. But when the dri­vers’ race was com­pared with the racial makeup of the town where they were stopped, researchers found that minori­ties were pulled over at a dis­pro­por­tional rate.

When com­pared with the last traffic stop study in 2004–2005, dis­par­i­ties increased in 17 com­mu­ni­ties and decreased in 20 communities.

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