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Police start collecting racial data on stopped drivers in 2011

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If you're stopped for a traffic violation, the officer will take note of your race and send that data to Madison starting in 2011.

The state Legislature's Joint Finance Committee endorsed that move Monday, to determine if officers are hassling minorities.

Gov. Jim Doyle's proposed budget would have only collected the racial data in the state's 11 largest counties but the finance panel voted 12-4 to collect the data statewide.

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