Police Checkpoint Focuses On Drivers Wearing Seat Belts

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Officials brought a simple message to Reading this afternoon: buckle up. A click it or ticket checkpoint was set up near FirstEnergy Stadium in Reading and the county commissioners issued a proclamation.

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May 19, 2009
 
Another chance to get free ticket revenue for just standing in the street, letting drivers come to you and incriminate themselves. There is nothing like randomly getting hassled by a member of law enforcement. All this under the disguise of safety.....please. They can set up random check points and can't get the K-9 unit running. I hope the senior police officers pull safety check duty.....they are the most qualified to stand in the street for hours checking ID's and insurance. They also must be great at writing tickets for seat belt violations....I mean this is Reading....safety is the first thing that comes to my mind.

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May 19, 2009
 
I have to agree. All the time and energy spent doing this type of thing could be better suited for something like busting drug dealers and removing weapons from the street.

I find it hilarious to this day that it's now okay in Pennsylvania for some knucklehead to ride his motorcycle around WITHOUT a helmet but you have to have a seat belt on in a car, by law. For the record, I own and ride a motorcycle and I wear riding boots, leather jacket, gloves and a full face helmet. I'm ugly enough, I don't want the pavement making it worse.
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May 19, 2009
 
Don't tell me nobody was speeding today? Or did they just get bored with stealing money that way?
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May 20, 2009
 
You can drive around the Lehigh Valley area and clearly see cars with children in them, with no one buckled up. I guess that proves how much they care about their children. It's time to get tough and perhaps having your car taken away from you for a week or so if you are caught unbuckled while driving would be a good wakeup call.
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May 20, 2009
 
I thought police couldn't stop somebody without probably cause. It seems to me that in some areas police roadblocks have been banned for that reason.
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May 21, 2009
 
I WISH ALLENTOWN WOULD DO POINT OF SAFTY DRIVING WITH THIER COPS 4TH AND TIGHLAM TO FRONT AND TILGHMAN IS A RACE TRACK BUT THE SAFTY OF THE PEOPLE DONT COUNT WHEN IT COMES TO ONE WAYS AND TRYING TO BEAT THE LIGHTS
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May 21, 2009
 
Bill in Slatington wrote:
I thought police couldn't stop somebody without probably cause. It seems to me that in some areas police roadblocks have been banned for that reason.
Thats the way it should be... Random checkpoints violate our freedom. Its sad but I am afraid we are going to see more of this in this country.

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May 21, 2009
 
American Born wrote:
<quoted text> Thats the way it should be... Random checkpoints violate our freedom. Its sad but I am afraid we are going to see more of this in this country.
Random checkpoints catch some drunk drivers before they go out and destroy someones life. Checkpoints are more a pain in the butt than a violation of your rights.

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May 21, 2009
 
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Random checkpoints catch some drunk drivers before they go out and destroy someones life. Checkpoints are more a pain in the butt than a violation of your rights.
You have the right to not incriminate yourself. Being stopped at a police roadblock infringes on those rights. Its illegal to ask someone for ID to prove US residency, but its ok to hassle random people driving down a road for insurance and registration. Meanwhile everyone else driving on every other road in the county are free to drive without a check point. I don't agree with check points for drunk drivers either. If not for them blocking a public road you would not have to place yourself in a position to let a police officer stick his head in your car, smell you and look around the interior of your vehicle. I have never went through one of these check points...I'm old and boring, so I am home in bed before they even set them up on the weekend. They would only see my ID through my side window. and I'm sure I would be hassled from there and I would eventual cave in and give them what they want. I would not make it easy for them though. The sad thing I like the police....not this policy that they must carry out.

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May 21, 2009
 
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You have the right to not incriminate yourself. Being stopped at a police roadblock infringes on those rights. Its illegal to ask someone for ID to prove US residency, but its ok to hassle random people driving down a road for insurance and registration. Meanwhile everyone else driving on every other road in the county are free to drive without a check point. I don't agree with check points for drunk drivers either. If not for them blocking a public road you would not have to place yourself in a position to let a police officer stick his head in your car, smell you and look around the interior of your vehicle. I have never went through one of these check points...I'm old and boring, so I am home in bed before they even set them up on the weekend. They would only see my ID through my side window. and I'm sure I would be hassled from there and I would eventual cave in and give them what they want. I would not make it easy for them though. The sad thing I like the police....not this policy that they must carry out.
I do agree. The checkpoints are a hassle. I've gone through them while in a rush to get to work and it does become a headache.

Maybe they could figure out a different way to check seat belts. I am thinking they should just implant all of us with a super secret micro chip that sends a signal to the police station every time we don't buckle up. That should do it.

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I do agree. The checkpoints are a hassle. I've gone through them while in a rush to get to work and it does become a headache.
Maybe they could figure out a different way to check seat belts. I am thinking they should just implant all of us with a super secret micro chip that sends a signal to the police station every time we don't buckle up. That should do it.
shhhhhhhh....Obama "the liar" is probably implementing your plan as we speak. I know they have safety in mind....money in fines too? PEACE Carbide
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May 22, 2009
 
Carbide wrote:
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Random checkpoints catch some drunk drivers before they go out and destroy someones life. Checkpoints are more a pain in the butt than a violation of your rights.
While i do see your point with drunk drivers I still think random checkpoints are a violation of rights and liberty. It makes me think of a nazi type police state and thats not what the US is about.

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May 22, 2009
 
American Born wrote:
<quoted text> While i do see your point with drunk drivers I still think random checkpoints are a violation of rights and liberty. It makes me think of a nazi type police state and thats not what the US is about.
To compare a police check point to a nazi police state is quite ridiculous. Where do you even come up with this stuff?

In some cases check points are pretty pointless. I just can't see how is affects rights and liberty.
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May 22, 2009
 
Carbide wrote:
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To compare a police check point to a nazi police state is quite ridiculous. Where do you even come up with this stuff?
In some cases check points are pretty pointless. I just can't see how is affects rights and liberty.
Ok... the nazi reference may be a bit of a stretch. I am a strict Constitutionalist. Our forefathers would not have wanted random checkpoints. Checkpoints are not based on probable cause... they are based on assumption of guilt... maybe if we just pull people over we will catch someone doing something wrong. That violates my liberty... I should be free to drive and not be bothered unless an officer has probable cause to stop me. Thats my take on it. Peace!

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