Police being kinder, gentler to drivers in Connecticut

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New traffic stop data released this week shows that police were more likely to give out warnings than tickets compared to the same time period a year ago.

The Connecticut Data Collaborative and the Institute for Municipal Regional Policy released data on nearly 250,000 traffic stops between October 2014 and March 2015. It expands on the almost 600,000 rows of data released earlier this year tracking traffic stops between October 2013 and September 2014.

Violations for seatbelts and driving with a suspended license were the only specific categories that saw an increase of percent of tickets issued between this year and last.

West Haven and Stamford police departments saw the biggest drop in ratio of tickets to warnings given.

The Town of Groton and East Hampton experienced the largest increase in tickets issued — from around 25 and 30 percent, respectively, in the previous reporting period to around 50 percent in the most recent one.

The police departments of Hartford, East Hartford, and Bridgeport pulled over more minorities than white drivers between October 2014 and March 2015. However, that’s to be expected in towns with a higher percent of minority residents than others in the state.

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