Police in Philadelphia are no longer allowed to pull over drivers who have only committed a minor traffic violation, such as broken tail lights and bumper issues.

The Philadelphia City Council enacted two bills earlier this month aimed at reducing “tension” between police and the community by reducing negative interactions with cops during minor traffic stops, which critics claim disproportionately impact minorities, Daily Wire reported.

According to The Hill, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney signed the two bills on Wednesday. The legislation will take 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 issued 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.”

One of the “Driving Equality” bills classified seven offenses as “secondary violations” in the city’s Traffic Code. Broken taillights or brake lights, bumper issues, improperly displayed registration stickers, and inspection violations are examples of secondary violations.

The minor traffic violations bill was passed 14 to 2 by the city council.

Police will be able to stop drivers for “primary violations,” which are violations that threaten public safety.

The second bill requires police to create a public database with information on all traffic stops, which will be updated at least once a month. By a vote of 15 to 1, the bill was passed.

According to a data analysis by the Defender Association of Philadelphia, the measure is aimed at reducing tensions between police and black Philadelphians, who are more likely to be stopped by cops. Black drivers, who make up 48 percent of Philadelphia’s population, were stopped in 72 percent of the over 300,000 traffic stops made between October 2018 and September 2019.

Isaiah Thomas, a black City Council member in Philadelphia, told CNN’s Michael Smerconish that in his two decades behind the wheel, he’s been pulled over “well over 20 times.”

“We want to put law enforcement in a position where they can spend more time focusing on more serious crimes,” he said on his program. “In the city of Philadelphia, we ask law enforcement to do a lot and we feel that this bill is a step in the right direction, not just to improve relations between communities of color and law enforcement but also to put us in a position where law enforcement can focus more time on more serious crimes.”

Philadelphia, which has a population of around 1.6 million people, is set to become the first major U.S. city to ban traffic stops based solely on low-level infractions, following similar laws from smaller cities and the state of Virginia, New York Post reported.

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