New Maryland legislation for Race Based Traffic Stop Data Analysis Approved

New legislation Gov. Hogan approved by Sen. Jill P. Carter (D-Baltimore City) and Del. Jheanelle Wilkins (D-Montgomery) makes permanent a state program providing data and analysis of race-based traffic stops by police.*

Let’s take a look at the 2018 report and see what it finds:

Table 1. 

Race/Ethnicity of Driver in Traffic Stops

As illustrated below, the majority of drivers who were stopped during a traffic stop were White (44.2%) or Black (40.1%). Also, 8.3% of all drivers stopped were Hispanic, and 2.7% were Asian. In comparison, the U.S. Census Bureau 2017 data estimates that Maryland’s population consisted of 50.9% non-Hispanic Whites, 30.8% Black or African Americans (alone), 6.7% Asians (alone), and 10.1% Hispanics. An additional 4.0% of the drivers stopped in Maryland were classified as “other” which consisted of American Indian and Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander, or two or more races, which would be reported in the Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) data as Other.


Chart 5. 

Search Conducted by Driver’s Race/Ethnicity 

There were 24,928 conducted searches with a valid search type, representing 2.9% of all traffic stops. Males were twice as likely to be searched as females (3.6% compared to 1.8%). Black males (5.5%) were significantly more likely to be searched than any other race.


There is a lot of other data here, but we thought these two were important to highlight given the high number of police involved shootings of African American men in this country.

Its important to know before dismissing Colin Kaepernick and supporters protesting police violence that this is reality and it begins with racial profiling.

Download the 2018 report.