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State Police to Hold Sobriety Checkpoint in Norfolk County Friday

A routine sobriety checkpoint for drivers in Norfolk County is slated for Friday and Saturday.

Drivers in the Norfolk County area should take note that Massachusetts State Police will hold a sobriety checkpoint Friday night into Saturday, Nov. 9 and 10, according to an announcement from Colonel Timothy P. Alben, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police.

"The purpose is to further educate the motoring public and strengthen the public’s awareness to the need of detecting and removing those motorists who operate under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs from the roadways," The statement reads.

According to the statement, the checkpoint will operate during varied hours, the selection of vehicles will not be arbitrary, safety will be assured, and any inconveniences to motorist will be minimized with advanced notice to reduce fear and anxiety.

Buseybee November 09, 2012 at 07:26 PM
When they say that the selection of vehicles will not be "arbitrary" what does that mean? Will they have to observe some kind of violation in order to stop someone? This sounds a bit ominous to me.
michd November 09, 2012 at 09:33 PM
buseybee- Why do you care? If you're not drunk or doing anything wrong, you have nothing to worry about. But for your info: Months ago, they set up a "check point" area in Canton near the Dunkin' Donuts & Honey Dew Donuts (heading to Norwood, just before the overpass to the highway) .There were several bright lights and about 10-15 State Troopers, all vehicles were asked to stop and they asked if ppl were drinking. Then they let us and all vehicles go. I think this is a GREAT thing, it keeps our roads safe and people safe.
Buseybee November 09, 2012 at 10:16 PM
I care because the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects every citizen's right to be free from unreasonable government intrusion into his or her body, house and property — whether in public, or at home, work or school. Personally, I rarely have a drink and I NEVER drive if I've had even even one drink. If you're not drunk or doing anything wrong, why should the police have the right to randomly stop you when there is no suspicion that you are doing anything wrong? “They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” – Ben Franklin, February 17, 1775
michd November 10, 2012 at 01:25 AM
If you know the 4th Amendment then you should know that the Supreme Court ruled that Sobriety Checkpoints are allowed and are legal. My feeling is, if you are not guilty of anything then you have nothing to worry about. Be thankful that they are protecting YOU from irresponsible drunks.
Buseybee November 10, 2012 at 06:04 AM
If I'm not guilty of anything, I still don't believe I should be stopped. You're correct that the Supreme Court said that these random checkpoints are legal but there are things you can do to either avoid or fight this unreasonable stop and search. What is a motorist obliged to do when confronted with a police roadblock? The United States Supreme Court arrived at an answer to this question in Michigan Department of State Police v. Sitz, 110 S.Ct. 2481 (1990). Michigan motorists challenged the constitutionality of a highway sobriety check-point utilized by the Michigan State Police. In fact, if you see a roadblock you can turn around and find another route. Go to http://www.motorists.org/dui/roadblock to see what your rights are and what you can and should do at such a roadblock. Obviously, no one wants drunk drivers on the road but I am so sick and tired of being manhandled, x-rayed and searched at the airports, my bag searched in the subways etc. I believe we need to stop and think how much freedom we are willing to give up just in order to be safe. We will never be completely safe no matter how many roadblocks and checkpoints they put up.
michd November 10, 2012 at 02:26 PM
I'm sorry to say but you are absolutely crazy. This is the year 2012. Our country has been subjected to terrorist attacks which have cost thousands of lives and affected thousands of families. If you are sick of being x-rayed at airports and having your bag searched in subways, I suggest you move to another country, maybe you'd prefer to live in a country where woman have NO rights, where they are forced to walk behind a man and ask permission to leave their home (and yes, this does exist go to Iran) and they will serve life in prison for taking photographs (they seem to think it's spying). Or maybe you'd prefer to live in China where you'd be FORCED to send your new born daughter to an orphanage (because there, you can only have one daughter). Or maybe you'd prefer to live in a 3rd world country where children are running around barefoot, homeless, without food, shelter or education. You have that "RIGHT" to pick yourself up and go, unlike in other countries where they don't have that "right". Thank God we live in a country where we do have RIGHTS. We have Amendments and a constitution in place to PROTECT us and our freedoms. If you are afraid to stop at a check point then you must have something to hide. If you wish to turnaround and not go through the checkpoint then go right ahead, you have that "RIGHT". I am thankful that they are out there and protecting me, my children and even YOU from an irresponsible impaired driver.
Buseybee November 10, 2012 at 03:46 PM
You know Michelle, I disagree with you but I did not call you crazy. This is just as much my country as yours and I think it is very presumptuous of you to tell me to leave. I have no intention or desire to do so. I am grateful to our Founding Fathers for our Constitution and Bill of Rights. I am also grateful to our brave military, including my cousin whom we lost in Iraq, for giving so much of themselves to protect us. At the same time, I believe they would be appalled at the way we have allowed our right to privacy to erode out of fear. You will never catch all the people who want to harm us. In fact, we may catch 99 out of 100 but it's that 100th that will manage to get through and harm us. You cannot always be safe and continue to live your life. Eventually we become prisoners of our own fears and guess what? The bad guys win. We're like the frog sitting in warm water, feeling nice and comfortable until the heat is gradually turned up higher and higher. The frog doesn't even realize until it's too late that it's being cooked. I'm not "afraid" to be stopped at a "checkpoint". I don't do anything that would cause me to be afraid. I simply feel that it's an unreasonable invasion of my privacy and a presumption that I may be guilty of something.
Avon Barksdale November 10, 2012 at 04:16 PM
The whole idea of "if you aren't doing anything wrong you have nothing to worry about" is exactly the attitude the government wants from its compliant citizens, give up your liberties and we'll tell you if you're being good little boys and girls.
Buseybee November 10, 2012 at 04:22 PM
Thank you. I agree with you and I was getting tired of going back and forth with Michelle!
4love December 15, 2012 at 08:10 PM
Am not really sure that could happen!

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