Minneapolis police to scale back low-level traffic stops
August 13, 2021
Minneapolis police will no longer pull over motorists for minor traffic violations like expired tabs or having an air freshener dangling from their rearview mirror, Chief Medaria Arradondo said in an internal memo on Thursday.
Addressing the entire department, Arradondo wrote that the move was made "recognizing the continued importance of examining how we can better utilize time, resources and operational effectiveness."
"MPD will no longer be conducting traffic stops solely for these offenses: expired tabs, an item dangling from a mirror, or not having a working license plate light," Arradondo wrote in the memo, a copy of which was obtained by the Star Tribune. "The City Attorney's Office will stop prosecuting tickets for driving after suspension when the only basis for the suspension was a failure to pay fines or fees and there was no accident or other egregious driving behavior that would impact public safety."