Advocacy group launches database on race and traffic stops in Vermont

Five years after a law required Vermont law enforcement officers to document the race of drivers pulled over in traffic stops, the data has been difficult to come by.

Now, a Vermont racial justice group has just made it easier to find, creating a public dashboard of the available traffic stop information. The dashboard went live Tuesday night.

“If there’s no one walking around who can tell you where the (traffic stop) data is, then that really creates quite the disconnect with the accountability that’s required that they’d actually do it,” Justice For All executive director Mark Hughes said.

Justice For All has joined Vermont lawmakers, including Rep. Selene Colburn of Burlington, on legislation to expand the effort to address systemic racism in the criminal justice system.