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Tag Archives: Cell Phones

Criminal Practice – Search & Seizure – Traffic Stop – ‘Reasonable Suspicion’ – Differing Stories (access required)

U.S. v. Vaughan A police officer who stopped a car for speeding had reasonable suspicion of criminal activity when he determined between six and nine minutes after a stop for speeding that the driver and his passenger, whom he had separated, had conflicting stories about their travels; the 4th Circuit says the totality of the circumstances allowed the officer to continue his investigation until a drug dog arrived on the scene 13 minutes after the stop and alerted on the trunk two to three minutes later.

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Scribner’s Error: Pushing the limits of reasonableness and prudence

"Reasonable and prudent." That was the daytime speed limit in Montana for a breezy four years after Congress in 1995 lifted its draconian, federally mandated limits, which first imposed the pokey "double-nickel" 55-mph limit that was later softened to 65. Does that mean that there was an American Autobahn in Big Sky Country in the late '90s? Not exactly.

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Push for ban on cell phone use while driving is on (access required)

With texting behind the wheel already outlawed in North Carolina for more than a year, two new bills have been introduced in the legislature this year to ban cell phone use while driving. H. 31, titled "An act to make using a mobile phone unlawful while driving a motor vehicle on a public street or highway or public vehicular area," sponsored by Reps. Garland E. Pierce, D-Hoke, and Charles Graham, D-Robeson, was filed in the house on Feb. 2 and passed first reading on Feb. 3. It was referred to the committee on Rules, Calendar and Operations of the House.

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