Legal Speed Bumps Continue for New York’s ‘Reckless Driver’ Bill, But Lander is ‘Optimistic’

The Founding Fathers are making it especially difficult to get reckless drivers off New York City streets.

Jefferson, Franklin, Hamilton and the like certainly didn’t anticipate a day when devices called cameras would be able to automatically capture the moment when a driver exceeded a posted speed limit or raced through a crimson traffic signal. But they did understand the basic concept that the government should not be allowed to seize a person’s property without reasonable cause.

They embedded that concept in the Fourth Amendment — which protects the right of the people “to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects [and] against unreasonable searches and seizures,” and that those searches would only be allowed with “probable cause.”