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  •  And yet, drunk driving checkpoints... (5+ / 0-)

    ...were found constitutional in 1990 by the Supreme Court. (Some states have found them unconstitutional with regards to state constitutions.) Even absent any other probable cause, checking if a driver is sober is not considered an unreasonable search according to the 4th Amendment.

    What do you think the officer should have done, once the officer determined that the driver's plates did match his car, but that he was driving while intoxicated?

    Do you think the officer should have let the driver go on his merry way, knowing that the driver could have killed someone because he was driving drunk?

    "When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist." --Dom Helder Camara, archbishop of Recife

    by JamesGG on Sat Apr 06, 2013 at 02:43:29 PM PDT

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    •  James - I have never understood how (0+ / 0-)

      checkpoints ever passed constitutional muster.  Checkpoints would seem to be unconstitutional on their face. What is the probably cause? However, I do understand that in most states they are legal.

      "let's talk about that"

      by VClib on Sat Apr 06, 2013 at 09:51:26 PM PDT

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