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Voluntary Checkpoints Under Scrutiny

Voluntary Checkpoints Under Scrutiny

If you’ve driven around long enough you’ve either seen it happen or it’s happened to you.

Voluntary checkpoints run by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have been going on for over forty years. Some say they are useful, but others are starting to take a different approach to it.

The big problem with it according to KTRH legal analyst Chris Tritico is the fact that off-duty uniformed police officers are involved.

“You don’t have a sign saying you’re off duty. If you are told to pull over by an officer wearing a gun and a badge, you’re going to stop,” Tritico said. “It is unconstitutional. They have to have a little thing called probable cause.”

This exact thing happened to one Texas woman, who wasn’t happy about it, and went public with her complaints.

“I was forced into a parking spot,” the woman told a Dallas television station. “It doesn’t seem right that you’d be forced off the road when you’re not doing anything wrong.”

Warren Diepraam of the Montgomery County DA's office thinks the idea behind the checkpoints is solid, but the execution is a different story.

“Their methods are misleading. It’s borderline criminal. It could be impersonating a police officer. That needs to change. They need to let people now it’s purely voluntary,” Diepraam told KTRH.

And he says because of the backlash, you'll see this change sooner rather than later.

 

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