PHILADELPHIA (TBEN) – Philadelphia on Thursday became the first city in the country to pass an equal drivers bill. Police will soon be banned from stopping drivers for minor infractions like broken tail lights.
The legislation aims to prevent racial discrimination during roadside checks.
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“I am grateful to my colleagues for voting to pass my equal conduct bills,” said board member Isaiah Thomas, “but most of all, I am humbled by all of the people who told my office about the humiliation and trauma suffered during some of these traffic stops. For many people like me, a traffic stop is a rite of passage – we choose cars, we determine routes, we plan our routes. social interactions around the fact that we are likely to be stopped by the police. By removing roadside checks that promote discrimination rather than public safety, the city council has made our streets safer and fairer. With this vote, I breathe a sigh of relief as my sons and my friends’ children are growing up in a city where being arrested is not a rite of passage but a measure of the safety of your driving and your vehicle ule, regardless of the driver’s skin color.
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Officers can issue quotes, which will be mailed to drivers.
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The ban goes into effect 120 days after the bill is signed by Mayor Jim Kenney.