DUI Roadblocks for Fun and Profit
Information courtesy of Lawrence Taylor - DUIblog
In recent posts, I've talked about how DUI roadblocks were ineffective and were increasingly being abused for such purposes as gathering information on citizens. According to a KCRA-TV news story yesterday from Sacramento, DUI roadblocks are now being used mainly to make money for local government:
KCRA Investigates: DUI Checkpoints
Checkpoints Being Used To Enforce Other Laws
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- For years, DUI checkpoints have proven an effective way to catch drunken drivers and prevent others from getting behind the wheel, but what some police agencies are now using those checkpoints for and who is being targeted is sparking a growing controversy.
The concern is that police are not only using the checkpoints as a way to enforce other laws but also as a way to make money -- especially since cities such as Sacramento make $70 every time they impound a car at a DUI checkpoint, even if that car's driver was not suspected of drinking and driving.
Aturo Torres said he was pulled over at a recent DUI checkpoint on Broadway in Sacramento, his pickup truck was impounded and all of his belongings moved to the curb, and yet, Torres said, he had not had a single drop of alcohol to drink that night.
KCRA 3 Investigates found that what happened to Torres is becoming so common that a growing number of lawmakers and immigrant rights groups are up in arms.
At issue is whether police agencies are misusing taxpayer money by using state DUI grant money as an opportunity to crack down on a host of other laws....