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Sound Off: Should Sobriety Checkpoints be Outlawed?

New Hampshire is considering a ban on sobriety checkpoints; would you support a similar measure in New York?

New Hampshire lawmakers are currently considering a proposal to prohibit police from running sobriety checkpoints in the state, according to published reports.

Supporters of the bill say the checkpoints violate people's due process rights when they are arrested for other violations or their vehicles are searched. But law enforcement officials say the checkpoints are critical in helping them to combat drunken driving and keep highway fatalities down.

What do you think? Should New York lawmakers consider a similar proposal to eliminate sobriety checkpoints? Or are they a necessary tool to help police keep the roads safe? Vote in our poll below, and leave a comment with your thoughts on the topic.

majortom1981 February 18, 2012 at 03:52 PM
They work. In huntington village by where I work they caught 10 drunk drivers in one night doing this. I say keep them.
Justin Weeks February 19, 2012 at 12:37 AM
John, One of the founding laws of our country is the Fourth Amendment. If you and others do not agree with the Fourth Amendment there are legal ways to change it through additional amendments. Making laws that violate the constitution and then pretending they are legitimate is not the legal or moral way to handle the situation. In fact, it is this exact mentality of ignoring our founding principles and the rule of law that has led to the current state of our country. I would also like to state that making personal attacks is not the way to handle an argument nor does it reflect positively on your cause. If you are willing to discuss the merits on why you feel the constitution does not apply to American Citizens on a public roadway I would be glad to have an intelligent discussion with you. Properly enforced laws that do not infringe on constitutionally guaranteed rights, should be heavily enforced. Proper enforcement of lawful laws with strong punishments for competent offending adults is the answer. And, so we are clear, I do not drink and drive nor do I participate in recreational drug use. You would be hard pressed to get me to take a Tylenol for a headache(horrible for the liver). Additionally, I do not believe it is correct to drive under the influence for whatever reason. When you and your supporters are done making personal attacks and want to discuss the issue directly, I would love to hear your reasoning on why the constitution does not apply.
Bill Abbott February 20, 2012 at 09:54 AM
Justin Weeks spoken like an informed American. Thank you for reminding the people about the 4th amendment. Personally I do not mind checkpoint for drunk driving...but it stops there. The US Government is quickly turning the USA into a police state. ie-Patriot Act and NDAA. They put fear into the people so they actually "believe" they need the govt. to take care of them from the big bad whatever is the fabricated news story of the day. Wake up America! Turn off the TV and think for your SELF.
majortom1981 February 20, 2012 at 04:15 PM
I am hoping that the people complaining that this should be outlawed are also for rights for EVERYBODY. All these muslim americans who are getting their rights taken away here in america is horrible. there is an article that just came out about the nypd spying on muslim americans JUST because they are muslim. How many of you are saying omg police state but yet supported the republicans who want to watch all muslims in our country? If your saying we should get rid of the police state it should be for everybody.
Larry February 22, 2012 at 02:31 AM
Listen these road blocks if they are on a friday or saturday night are fine if they are being conducted on hi risk areas like 110, dpa etc. however these stupid ones on off and on ramps are total traps set up so cops don,t have to go out and do their job. nailing someone for a bad inspection sticker or outdated reggie is a joke. by the way why do i have to re register my car every few years. what a crock i should register it once and when i sell it i,ll let you know i no longer have it.. also for all you people who think that driving is a privledge you should read your consitution it a right thats been upheld by the courts. Transports of people and communications between places being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to conduct conveyances shall not be infringed. http://educate-yourself.org/cn/drivingisrightnotprivledge07apr05.shtml

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