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Latinos cited more than others for driving without a license

By Jeff Kelly Lowenstein/Hoy — Latinos in Urbana and Champaign make up 5 and 6 percent of the population, respectively, and, from 2007 to 2011, about the same proportion of the cities’ total citations and arrests. But there’s one violation in which Latinos are heavily overrepresented: failing to have a drivers license. In both cities, Latinos made up at least 32 percent of the drivers cited for this violation, according to an Hoy analysis of arrest data. In Champaign, it was 880 of 2,725, or 32 percent, of such citations. In Urbana, the figure was 357 of 1,038, or 34 percent.