FHP Denies Princeton Study That Claims Racial Bias

The Florida Highway Patrol is denying the results of a study published by Princeton University that claims troopers are more likely to let you off the hook for speeding if you're white.  

Two researchers from the university looked at FHP and how many tickets that were issued from 2005 to 2015.  The numbers suggest that 25 percent of the state troopers show racial bias, according to the study. The researchers looked at the speed written on the ticket, how far a driver was going and if they got a warning.  

FHP responded with a statement that read, in part: "The Florida Highway Patrol has a well-known reputation of treating the citizens it serves in a fair and unbiased manner. We do not condone profiling." 

The Princeton study only looked at speeding tickets, not vehicle searches and the research team cautions not to draw broad conclusions from the 25 percent tilt in the ticket giving, as more research needs to be conducted.

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