All-Time Most Popular Stories on TheNewspaper A look at the top-ten most read stories on the site, updated January 2013.
The following ten items represent the all-time most viewed stories on TheNewspaper.com.
Michigan: Police Search Cell Phones During Traffic Stops The Michigan State Police acquired technology that allows police officers to download information from smart phones belonging to stopped motorists, a troubling precedent giving the willingness of courts to allow warrantless searches of electronic devices during a traffic stop.
St. Louis, Missouri Traffic Stop Videos The video of an out-of-control police officer screaming at motorist Brett Darrow during traffic stop drew headlines across the country. Our coverage began with the story and video of the stop with follow-up stories about how area police continued to harass the young motorist, and even threaten him, over the publicity. This was not the first time we covered a Darrow video. In 2006, we reported on a DUI roadblock video where police similarly admitted they would "find a reason to lock you up."
Virginia Introduces $3550 Speeding Ticket TheNewspaper helped bring attention to the Virginia legislature's move "to generate revenue" by imposing a mandatory $1050 tax, on top of an existing $2500 maximum fine, on anyone driving 15 MPH over the state's top speed limit of 65. This became a top campaign issue in the state for 2007, and the law was completely repealed.
Federal Appeals Court: Driving With Money is a Crime In 2006, a federal appeals court ruled that merely driving with a large amount of cash was sufficient evidence for police to seize the money, even if there was no evidence that a crime had even been committed.
California: Stop Sign Cameras Installed on Canyon Roads TheNewspaper was first to report that a little-known government agency in Los Angeles, California installed the country's first stop sign camera (as opposed to a red light camera) to issue automated tickets for "boulevard stops."
Virginia: Unknown Traffic Violation Carries $2500 Fine The state of Virginia also imposed $2500 maximum fines for so-called "move over" violations. The state police admitted in a news release that nearly three-quarters of the public had no idea that this was even an offense.