The city of Philadelphia has now ordered its police department to cease enforcing some of its own traffic laws in an attempt to cut down on unpleasant interactions between police and citizens.
As The Daily Wire reports:
Philadelphia is barring police from pulling over drivers who have committed only a minor traffic violation, such as having a broken taillight.
Earlier this month, the Philadelphia City Council passed a pair of bills intended to address the “tension” between police and the community by minimizing negative interactions with cops during minor traffic stops, which some say disproportionately impact minorities. One of the bills also creates a public database of all traffic stops.
Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney signed the two bills on Wednesday, according to The Hill. The legislation is set to go into effect 120 days after it is signed.
“These bills end the traffic stops that promote discrimination while keeping the traffic stops that promote public safety,” the city council said in a statement on October 14, the day the bills were passed. “This approach seeks to redirect police time and resources towards keeping Philadelphians safe while removing negative interactions that widen the divide and perpetuate mistrust.”
Police will only be allowed to pull over drivers for violations that are considered ‘threats to public safety.’