• New Sims law to help prevent racial discrimination during traffic stops

    police stop 062119CHICAGO—A plan designed to combat racial disparities during traffic stops in Illinois was signed into law Friday.

    State Senator Elgie R. Sims Jr. (D-Chicago) spearheaded the legislation, which was originally sponsored by President Barack Obama when he served as a state senator. The plan aims to prevent racial discrimination by collecting data around police stops for drivers and pedestrians.

    “Seeing flashing lights in the rearview mirror evokes fear for many, especially people of color, because of the numerous traffic stops that have turned deadly,” Sims said. “This important tool will help ensure that we’re revealing and preventing racial disparities in traffic stops throughout the state.”