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NY Judge: Careful Driving No Cause for Traffic Stop

Driving with hands on the wheel, arms extended, without passing other vehicles is not a crime in New York, a county judge ruled last week. St. Lawrence County Surrogate's Court Judge Kathleen Martin Rogers found the US Border Patrol had been wrong to stop Corene M. Deer and Rachel C. Morgan, who were driving carefully at around 8pm on January 18, 2012 in the town of Gouverneur.

Agent Brandon Carrier spotted Deer and Morgan's white SUV and became suspicious when he saw the driver had more than one hand on the wheel and did not appear to be relaxed. Agent Carrier began following closely enough to read the license plate and radio in to find the SUV was not stolen.

With the marked patrol car following for a total of six miles, the SUV maintained a speed of 50 to 60 MPH. The SUV did not take the opportunity to pass slower vehicles ahead, and when the road expanded into two lanes, the SUV pulled to the right to allow the patrol car to pass. Agent Carrier decided to conduct a traffic stop.

Source: theNewspaper. Read full article. (link)

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  • Rich M||

    The government genius that came up with driving with both hands on the wheel as an indication of illegal activity is probably the same one that listed supporting the constitution as an indication that someone is a terrorist.

  • Brandybuck||

    Obeying the law is now considered suspicion of illegal activity? WTF?

  • niobiumstudio||

    It's really suspicious not to pass people on a one lane road with a cop behind you...didn't you know? Why would you try and not break the law when a cop is following you for 6 miles? Only criminals don't speed and recklessly pass people with the police behind them...

  • Copernicus||

    10 and 2. Know it. Live it.

  • CE||

    Actually, they say 9 and 3 is better now.