The surge in criminal violence in cities across the country seems to defy easy solutions. But, broadly speaking, courts have agreed on one tactic that should be off-limits: arbitrary and racially inequitable stop-and-frisk policing.

All too often, courts have found, the practice of stopping pedestrians and rifling through their pockets, with no justifiable cause, amounts to a violation of the constitutional right to protection against unreasonable search and seizure.

Perhaps it’s time to bring sharper focus to a related police tactic common in Chicago — traffic stops — that disproportionately affects people of color living in poor neighborhoods.

Recent data from the Illinois Department of Transportation shows that Black drivers got pulled over in Chicago last year at seven times the rate of white drivers. Latinx drivers were pulled over at triple the rate of white drivers.

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David Greising is the president and chief executive of the Better Government Association, joining the BGA in 2018. For nearly a century, the BGA has fought for honest and effective government through investigative journalism and policy advocacy.

Greising’s career started at the City News Bureau of Chicago, with stops at the Chicago Sun-Times, Business Week magazine, the Chicago Tribune and Reuters. He was a co-founder of the Chicago News Cooperative and worked briefly as a consultant to World Business Chicago. Today, Greising writes on government issues in regular columns for the Tribune and Crain’s Chicago Business.

Under Greising’s leadership, the BGA has played a key role in uncovering public corruption amidst the wide-ranging federal probe, starting with an in-depth report about Ald. Ed Burke’s conflicts of interest before the federal charges against Burke. The BGA also has exposed waste and fraud at O’Hare and the proliferation of corruption and poverty into Dolton, Lyons and other Chicago suburbs. The BGA’s policy team has led calls for ethics reform in Chicago’s City Council and in state government.