Poo on Drunk Driving Checkpoints
Thank you, James Bovard, for your commentary on drunk driving checkpoints. More probably needs to be said, but it's good to see I'm not alone in my contempt for those things.
Some of you older folks might remember the old vehicle inspection stops the California Highway Patrol used to run here in California. They stopped doing them quite a few years ago. I believe it was because of some court decision. Too bad they couldn't apply that decision to the drunk driving checkpoints.
What they'd do is set up a checkpoint somewhere. Unlike the drunk driving checkpoints, these were unannounced and set up somewhere you wouldn't see them until it was too late to avoid them. They'd wave you to the side of the road and check your vehicle for mechanical flaws: Horn, turn signals, tires and so on. They'd give you a fix- it ticket for anything they found wrong.
Last one I ran in to was on Myrtle Avenue in Eureka, out in front of the PG&E office. I was driving east coming up off Old Arcata Road, turned the corner and there it was. Too late to avoid it. Don't remember if they found anything wrong with my car that time, or not. Seems they usually did.
Regardless, I hated those things then and continued to hate the vehicle inspection stops long after they stopped doing them. Now, if only the courts could get around to ending the drunk driving checkpoints.