Supreme Court Traffic Stop Case Could Drastically Limit Drivers’ Fourth Amendment Rights

In Kansas v. Glover, the U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether or not police have “reasonable suspicion” to pull a car over simply because it’s owned by someone with a revoked driver’s license, a decision that could have major ramifications for the Fourth Amendment.

Today, at least 11 million drivers in more than 40 states (including Kansas) have had their licenses suspended simply because they have unpaid court debts, according to the newly formed Free to Drive Coalition, which consists of over 100 different organizations. Several of the coalition’s members, including the Fines and Fees Justice Center, the Institute for Justice, and the Southern Poverty Law Center, joined with the Cato Institute and R Street Institute to jointly file an amicus brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to declare the stops unconstitutional.