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M. Sage

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Sobriety checkpoints are apparently illegal here. Never ran into one in California, but they sure loved to run them back there, and are apparently branching out into running checkpoints simply to check license and registration.

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Texas Illegal under Texas' interpretation of federal Constitution. State v. Holt, 887 S.W. 2d 16 (Tex. Cr. App. 1994) Because the checkpoint the U.S. Supreme Court upheld in Michigan v. Sitz, 496 U.S. 444 (1990), was legislatively authorized, the Texas court held that absent such authorization a checkpoint is illegal under the U.S. Constitution. There is no specific language in Sitz requiring such an interpretation.
 

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Ya, but they're done here, they're just labeled differently....

There is a widespread initiative on the water to do check points on Texas lakes. It's been talked about and announce by some LEA's including TPWL but hasn't seemed to have been as big as said. Supposedly, this weekend is their Mardi Gras.
 

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"TPWL"?

They really are done here? That might be a good opportunity to have some fun with my little MP3 player's voice recorder capability.

I'm kind of disappointed that the do 'em here, though.
 

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Isn't there a rule, or scotus ruling, that says you can only check 1 out of every 10? Not that the law would, or could, really be enforced.

Not that I know of. The only Scotus ruling I know of says that they must give you a chance to avoid a DUI checkpoint. Interestingly, the court also stated in the ruling that DUI checkpoints are a violation of our rights, but that they were willing to suspend our rights in this one instance because drunk driving is bad, mmkay?
 

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Rules and Laws are for the little people.

Especially back in CA.

Someone I know, when he was getting ready to deploy, got stopped and detained at a checkpoint in CA... on his way home from the base, in his ACUs. He was pretty unhappy with his treatment, especially since he was about on his last nerve and hadn't been drinking; he didn't enjoy having his time off wasted like that. So he went home and changed and went through the checkpoint half a dozen more times, to waste the cops' time. They weren't terribly amused, which made him feel a lot better.
 

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