2018 Traffic Data | Decatur, IL

Illinois Department of Transportation conducts a Traffic Stop Study that requires local police departments to submit data to the state.

Black people are stopped and searched by police at a much higher rate than white people, at least in Decatur. If want to know why, call / email the police chief

Data Highlights

  • Population:
    • 13,088 African American people, or 21% of total population
    • 46,224 Caucasian American people, or 75.58% of total population
  • Stops:
    • 2696 black people stopped, or 46% of all stops.
    • 2969 white people stopped
  • Citations:
    • 1211 black people cited, 51% of all citations.
    • 1101 white people cited, 46% of all citations
  • 154 black people searched, or 58% of all searches.
    • 67 items found from searching black people.
    • 43.5% of African Americans searched had contraband
  • 106 white people searched
    • 62 items found from searching white people
    • 58% of Caucasian Americans searched had contraband

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