12/30/20112011 Year in Review
The ten most popular stories on TheNewspaper.com for the year 2011.
The following were the ten most viewed stories on TheNewspaper.com during 2011.
- 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.
- Austin, Texas Explores Photo Parking Snitch Tickets
City council in Austin, Texas considers allowing residents to issue handicap space parking tickets to other drivers with an iPhone app.
- Federal Court: Traffic Stop Does Not Justify Home Entry
Tenth Circuit US Court of Appeals rules a police officer cannot enter a home over a minor traffic violation.
- Massachusetts Supreme Court Approves Charging Innocent Ticket Recipients
The highest court in Massachusetts approves the practice of charging innocent motorists $75 to fight a traffic ticket.
- Italy: Prosecution Advances in Red Light Camera Fraud Scandal
Thirty-eight public officials and corporate officers face corruption charges in widespread criminal investigation into Italy's use of red light cameras.
- Costa Rica Unveils Most Burdensome Speed Camera Program Yet
Motorists in Costa Rice must look up in a weekly newsletter to find out whether they must pay a $600 speed camera ticket -- notices are not mailed.
- Louisiana: Cops Beat Up Old Man For Accelerating Slightly
Appeals court upholds $25,000 fine on Louisiana police officers who beat an elderly man during a minor traffic stop.
- Italy: More Indictments in Photo Radar Scandal
Investigators in Italy file charges over a criminal conspiracy involving the use of rigged speed cameras.
- Alberta, Canada Cancels 141,729 Photo Tickets
Edmonton, Canada speed on green tickets canceled after devices produce bogus speed readings.
- South Carolina Legislature Takes Aim at Renegade Mayor
Ridgeland, South Carolina faces $2 million sanction from legislature for defying speed camera ban.