Your Papers Please!
For the record, I've yet to be stopped at a soboriety checkpoint myself.
These drunk driving checkpoints that are all the rage amongst both law enforcement and some in the general public are just one of my many pet peeves.
What burns me up the most about them is not so much the idea that you can be pulled over for no reason at all (although that is a concern, as I mention below), but that so many people think they're such a great idea, as this story from the Santa Rosa Press- Democrat points out.
Seems to me they started out simple enough, with a checkpoint being established somewhere and cops checking to see that no one's under the influence. I'm not sure I even like that as, even when I was going through the College of the Redwoods Police Academy, I didn't feel police should be stopping motorists without a proper cause.
That so much of the driving public accepts this as an acceptable intrusion upon their travels is of great concern to me, especially as these checkpoints seem to have progressed from, not just soboriety checks, but to driver's license and warrant checks as well.
What can we look forward to at these checkpoints in the future?