City Of Philadelphia Throwing Traffic Laws Out The Window In The Name Of ‘Equity,’ ‘Diversity’

Regardless of the seriousness of the crime, Philadelphians will become less safe

FILE PHOTO. © Reuters / Faith Ninivaggi


Philadelphia has joined a growing number of places to outright prohibit traffic stops for minor violations, such as broken tail lights, with a local lawmaker arguing the stops disproportionately impact the city’s black residents.

Mayor Jim Kenney signed the “Driving Equality” measure into law last week, barring police from making traffic stops for a range of low-level offenses to ensure “just, equitable, and fair enforcement of the law for all people,” as well as to “prevent racial disparities and to protect public safety in a manner consistent with these values.”


Passed in a 14-2 vote by the city council on October 14, the bill divides traffic violations into two groups – “primary” and “secondary” – and prohibits officers from making stops over the latter category unless “there is a simultaneously observed primary violation.” Secondary offenses include a single broken head or tail light, the lack of a registration sticker, a loosely fixed license plate, missing bumpers, as well as lesser forms of windshield obstruction (such as an item hanging from a driver’s rear-view mirror), among other things.

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