State Patrol Study

   The Nebraska State Patrol will partner with the University of Nebraska at Omaha to study racial profiling in traffic stops. The patrol released preliminary results showing blacks and hispanics were more likely to be searched than white drivers. Seven percent of black motorists stopped by State Troopers during the first three months of the year were searched.  Only one percent of white motorists were searched, according to data released by the patrol. The U-N-O study will analyze the Patrol's traffic stop data using the findings about drivers' race, age and likelihood of disobeying traffic laws.