Sobriety Check Points are UNCONSTITUTIONAL in Washington State, but the government is trying to sneak in checkpoints and couching them as “voluntary.”
Here is how the end run to our State Constitution will work: Survey teams, sponsored by the Government (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) officials, and the Washington Traffic Safety Commission) will create random checkpoints and stop drivers. A driver will be “asked” to “volunteer” samples of breath, saliva and or submit to a dui blood test and they state that their goal is to give the Government a better idea on “how many people drive impaired”. Furthermore, the participants get $60!
In addition to giving up your Constitutional Right to be left alone, ARTICLE I – SECTION 7 INVASION OF PRIVATE AFFAIRS OR HOME PROHIBITED: http://www.leg.wa.gov/LAWSANDAGENCYRULES/Pages/constitution.aspx, no person shall be disturbed in his private affairs, or his home invaded, without authority of law.
These roadside surveys began in early June of this year. The pilot project started in Spokane and Yakima counties, followed by Kitsap and Whatcom counties, and we will most likely see it coming to King and Snohomish counties.
This project is not new in the United States, as Texas tried out this program and then pulled out, and apologized to its citizens. The problem is that people feel compelled to participate. If a driver refuses to participate, or if the Government officials feel the driver is impaired, and the driver refuses “assistance” then the nice police officer who is conveniently standing by will arrest the driver.
We are getting so used to the Government trampling our Rights, we will, for a mere $60 be happy to give up our right to not have the Government invade our private affairs. We will allow the Government to implement unconstitutional roadside sobriety road blocks.
Listen up people! Don’t give in to the Government’s intrusion. Refuse to participate. Just say “no” to this Governmental tyranny.
For more information, see: http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2023801536_roadsidesurveysxml.html and http://www.king5.com/news/local/voluntary-swab-test-drugs-alcohol-drivers-261969751.html
If you find yourself having to defend a WA DUI and from the Government in a DUI case, contact my office at 425.422.5818 for an initial in-office consultation. I serve most counties in the greater Puget Sound Area, including but not limited to Snohomish County DUI, King County DUI, and I even defend DUIs in Ellensburg and Yakima. Mark W. Garka, www.washington-dui.com