Brickbat: Careful Now


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When U.S. Border Patrol agent Brandon Carrier spotted a white SUV on a New York road he says he became suspicious because the driver had both hands on the wheel. As he followed the vehicle, he noted that the driver always drove under the speed limit, did not pass slower cars and, when the road widened to four lanes, moved into the right-hand lane allowing faster vehicles to pass by. That led him to pull it over and call for a drug dog. Agents found a tire full of marijuana. But a judge threw out charges against the vehicle's two occupants. Judge Kathleen Martin Rogers ruled that careful driving does not create a reasonable suspicion that someone is committing a crime.