Florida - Record Layout of Traffic Stop Data

Big Local News filed this request with the Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, Division of Motorist Services of Florida.

It is a clone of this request.



From: Michael Morisy

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.

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

From: Dollard, Angel

Mr. Vignesh Ramachandran ,

Your request is being handled today and will be mailed to you.
Since the request is for a large amount of data, the data is being burned to cd’s and will be mailed to the address you gave below.
Please let us know if you have any further questions.

Angel Dollard, CLEA
Statewide Analyst
Florida Highway Patrol
Office of Support Services/Business Intelligence Section
Department of Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles
2900 Apalachee Parkway, MS 48
Tallahassee, FL 32399
(850) 617-2370


From: Vignesh Ramachandran

Thank you Angel.

You can mail to:
Peninsula Press at Stanford
C/O Vignesh Ramachandran
450 Serra Mall, Stanford University
Building 120
Stanford, CA 94305


From: Vignesh Ramachandran

Dear Angel,

Thank you for mailing the CD. We received the data.

As a follow up question, we’d like to find out: has the state analyzed this data you collect and are there any studies or analysis you’ve had done around it you can point us to?

Thank you,