Fake Drug Checkpoints

October 24, 2012

 

Just in case you are ever driving and see a sigh that reads, “Drug checkpoint 1 mile K-9 enforced” just know this:There isn’t exactly such a thing as a drug checkpoint. In City of Indianapolis v. Edmond, the Supreme Court found random drug checkpoints unconstitutional in 2000. Since then, police (particularly in the mid-west) have gotten into the habit of putting signs up warning drivers of upcoming drug checkpoints and then detaining and searching drivers who make illegal u-turns or desperately fling contraband from their vehicles. 

These checkpoint-like fake checkpoints serve as the functional equivalent of a checkpoint without violating the Court’s prohibition against checkpoints.the fake checkpoint tactic often took place on open stretches of highway, provoking illegal u-turns into oncoming traffic and the disposal of contraband onto the roadside…By steering alarmed motorists into a canine-infested rest area, police could circumvent the need to trigger traffic violations as a pretext for drug searches.”

These fake drug checkpoints are unsafe, and unproductive.  Since the freeway speed limit is 75 on the stretch of I-80 that we were driving on, most people were driving a little bit over at around 80 miles per hour (even the semi trucks).  It is not safe for a triple trailer to try to slow down from 80 miles an hour to a complete stop, which is what’s suggested by the fake road signs.  How many cars slow down or lock up their brakes when they see these signs?  I-80 is a major freeway, and causing chaos between it’s lanes is insane.

What example does that set for society?  Cops can blatantly lie in order to get around the fact that their actions were found to be unconstitutional?