Anonymous Neighbor Says You're A Lousy Driver: Police Can Search Your Car?

Tell us what you think.

When the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its decision Tuesday on affirmative action policies at Michigan colleges and universities, largely lost in the reporting that day was another decision that could directly impact far more people.

That is, the high court ruled that if police receive an anonymous 911 tip about erratic driving, they can pull over the called-about vehicle and question and even search the driver.

The court has long held that officers can make stops based on anonymous tips, but only if the information in those tips provide enough detail to give rise to a reasonable suspicion of criminal activity.

Which raises the question:
  • Is it right that police can pull over a car based on an anonymous tip? Tell us what you think in comments below.

hope0546 April 28, 2014 at 07:15 AM
What an easy way for someone to "get back" at someone else - an anonymous call can put someone in a position of fear, as we all feel when Police approach us, and concern for no more then an anonymous call - no confirmation of information, no demonstrated behavior, no recognized reason to pull someone over, just a call and zap!
Buck Harmon April 28, 2014 at 08:38 AM
I agree with hope546...this is bullshit, nothing more, the police state evolves. Time to put the brakes on the rapid increase of bad cops on the beat...they are much worse than bad drivers when abusing perceived power...
p e i May 27, 2014 at 07:28 AM
no no no.. its entirely too subjective.. good driver/bad driver... leave the policing to the police... one mans cautious,careful driver is anothers rude, paranoid overly timid driver..one mans rude, speedster is anothers efficient curtious driver...besides,there's too much potential for petty vengeance call rooted in "other than driving" type complainers..
Buddie King July 17, 2014 at 08:47 PM
hope054s comment on feeling scared or fearful when approached by police, its a shame people have to feel that way instead of feeling protected. I think people should spend more time worrying about themselves instead of what other people are doing


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