ROAD WARRIOR DUI checkpoints: Fair enough?

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bobby

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May 17, 2009
 
Oh Yeah wrote:
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Another moron who can't recognize sarcasm when he sees it. Some of you people who post here are truly idiots!!!!!
typical deuch from palmerton....that place is a incest haven.
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May 18, 2009
 
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Another moron who can't recognize sarcasm when he sees it. Some of you people who post here are truly idiots!!!!!
So you're telling us, you're one of the idiots? I guess you licked up too much lead and zinc dust when you were growing up. So which of my posts are just being sarcastic?
Oh Yeah

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May 18, 2009
 
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So you're telling us, you're one of the idiots? I guess you licked up too much lead and zinc dust when you were growing up. So which of my posts are just being sarcastic?
To be absolutely honest, I must be an idiot to respond to this nonsense. But, at least I admit it!!!
Big Blue Wrecking Crew

Williamstown, NJ

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#223
May 18, 2009
 
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What is wrong with you ungrateful dips? It's called preventitive maintenance. The cops are just being pro-active. Wouldn't it be nice if they would start pulling people over and checking for guns and burglary tools and finding people before they commit the crimes? Of course they can't do that. But stopping people who had one too many before they kill themselves or someone else is a great tool. One day it could be YOUR life that gets saved. So stop all this bellie-aching over a little inconvenience.
You should let them tap your phone as well. God forbid you were on the phone planning a caper. Or better yet we should all where a collar so the government knows where we are at all times. Forget free will the system will keep you in line. I would love to have to explain to an underpaid overworked cop with a chip on his should what all the tools in my truck are for. I'm sure if I thought about it long enough I have a tool for just about anything I would come across. Let the government in because the United States is all about Government control. If you think DUI Checkpoints are for anything other than generating income you are sadly mistaken.
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Girardville, PA

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May 18, 2009
 
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To be absolutely honest, I must be an idiot to respond to this nonsense. But, at least I admit it!!!
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Quagmire

Allentown, PA

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May 18, 2009
 
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Yeah and if you got hit by a drunk driver you'd really be late to work and who knows, maybe you wouldn't even survive the accident. These checkpoints are needed to protect others.
You miss the point, Amanda. DUI checkpoints, even if they result in getting adrunk driver off the street, rarely do so as compared to the infringement on the rights of all citizens against unlawful search and seizure. Now I'm sure you're not a lawyer, but still - would you allow the police to search your home so they can be satisfied you have nothing there to potentially harm your neighbors? Is it OK if administrators and security personnel strip search your teenage daughter because another student told them she had received ibuprofen from her once? It is a slippery slope when we Americans start to give up our rights. Finally, statistics show the only drunk drivers who are actually dangerous are the alcoholics whose BAC is 3 or 4 times the current legal limit. No resposible adult will cause an accident due to alcohol with only a drink or two, or in some cases 3 or 4 depending on the time involved - yet our current DUI laws create criminals where there really are none. It is only about the money. If the police sere serious about catching DUI drivers, they would step up the patrols of city streets, and throughout the commonwealth, not passively witing for the "drunks" to come to them.
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May 18, 2009
 
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You miss the point, Amanda. DUI checkpoints, even if they result in getting adrunk driver off the street, rarely do so as compared to the infringement on the rights of all citizens against unlawful search and seizure. Now I'm sure you're not a lawyer, but still - would you allow the police to search your home so they can be satisfied you have nothing there to potentially harm your neighbors? Is it OK if administrators and security personnel strip search your teenage daughter because another student told them she had received ibuprofen from her once? It is a slippery slope when we Americans start to give up our rights. Finally, statistics show the only drunk drivers who are actually dangerous are the alcoholics whose BAC is 3 or 4 times the current legal limit. No resposible adult will cause an accident due to alcohol with only a drink or two, or in some cases 3 or 4 depending on the time involved - yet our current DUI laws create criminals where there really are none. It is only about the money. If the police sere serious about catching DUI drivers, they would step up the patrols of city streets, and throughout the commonwealth, not passively witing for the "drunks" to come to them.
I can see where you are coming from, but still it is illegal to drive drunk. So why even put yourself in that scenerio. If you want to drink, then have a designated driver, call a cab, or drink at home. I have been through 2 checkpoints recently and all the cop did was shine his flashlight in the car, asked me where I was headed, handed me some literature and told me to be safe. How is that hurting my rights? I didn't smell like alcohol so I had nothing to worry about. If people wouldn't be so darn stupid and drive drunk there wouldn't be any need for these checkpoints. So instead of complaining about our rights being lost, you should be mad at the people that choose to drive when they have been drinking. I don't mean to come off nasty at all, but I lost a brother due to a drunk driver and I have no problem sitting through these checkpoints whatsoever. If you drive after you drink you should be willing to accept the consequences.

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