Florida - Record Layout of Traffic Stop Data

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From: Vignesh Ramachandran

To Whom It May Concern:

I am the managing editor of Peninsula Press, a multimedia news website based out of Stanford University in California. We are working on collecting data on traffic stops and searches made by state patrols across the country, but I'm initially gathering information about what datapoints each state collects.

Pursuant to Florida's Sunshine Law (Fla. Stat. secs. 119.01 to 119.15 (1995)), I hereby request the following records:

I’d like to please request the record layout (the format of a data record, which includes the name, type and size of each field in the record) or “data dictionary” for your state’s records of traffic stops made on your roads. (What are all the datapoints you collect and keep record of when traffic stops are made?)

The requested data will be analyzed, eventually be made available to the general public and be used for editorial purposes. This request is not being made for commercial purposes. We kindly ask the request be filled electronically — via Excel or another database format. Data can be emailed to vram@stanford.edu or shared via a Dropbox link. In the event data has to be sent physically on a CD or thumb drive, please mail to Peninsula Press, Stanford Journalism Program, 450 Serra Mall, Building 120, Stanford, CA 94305.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I would request your response within ten (10) business days.


Vignesh Ramachandran

Vignesh Ramachandran

Managing Editor, Peninsula Press

Stanford Journalism Program

email vram@stanford.edu

phone 650.723.0703

physical mail 450 Serra Mall, Building 120, Stanford, CA 94305

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From: Plessinger, Gretl

I’m sorry, but FDLE does not have this information. You might try the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. I don’t know that they maintain this information, but they might.

Gretl Plessinger
Florida Department of Law Enforcement
(850) 410-7265, Desk
(850) 410-7001, Office
(850) 294- 6538, Cell

From: Vignesh Ramachandran

Thanks Gretl. We will follow-up with the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.