Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Race, Ethnicity, and PolicingNew and Essential Readings$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Stephen K. Rice and Michael D. White

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780814776155

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814776155.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM NYU Press SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.nyu.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of NYU Press Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in NYSO for personal use.date: 19 September 2021

Driving While Black

Driving While Black

A Statistician Proves That Prejudice Still Rules the Road

Chapter:
(p.32) Chapter 2 Driving While Black
Source:
Race, Ethnicity, and Policing
Author(s):

John Lamberth

Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814776155.003.0002

This chapter turns to a more specific description of the “symbolic assailant” by exploring John Lamberth's 1993 census of violators on the New Jersey Turnpike. The findings are considered seminal in light of its sizable impact on public perceptions of “driving while Black/Brown” and as one of the earliest efforts to apply research design and statistical analysis to claims of racial profiling by police. To establish a benchmark, or “denominator” (i.e. the number of drivers of a particular race on the turnpike over a period of time), and to gauge driver behavior (i.e. violators vs. nonviolators, by race), Lamberth set up surveys that afforded both metrics: one a static assessment of drivers and race from predetermined observation points, the other being a novel “rolling survey” to assess speeding. The results suggested that blacks were almost five times more likely to be stopped by the police for questioning.

Keywords:   symbolic assailant, John Lamberth, census, New Jersey Turnpike, public perception, racial profiling, police, driver behavior, race

NYU Press Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.