Skip to comments.New Federal Money for Highway Roadblocks and Seizures
Posted on 08/16/2005 5:58:08 PM PDT by elkfersupper
The "SAFETEA-LU" federal transportation funding measure signed into law last Wednesday provides millions of dollars for controversial enforcement measures including sobriety checkpoint roadblocks and now automobile seizures.
The law adds automobile impoundment and seizure to the list of acceptable "alcohol-impaired driving countermeasures" eligible for federal grant money, which amounted to $40 million in 2003. This allows states to fund driving under the influence (DUI)-related confiscation efforts entirely with federal tax dollars.
The DUI grant program began in 1988 as a result of lobbying by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). The money is used to entice states to enact tough laws and conduct high-profile education campaigns against alcohol-impaired driving. In 1991, for example, the grants were used to compel states to reduce their legal intoxication standard from a blood alcohol level of 0.10 to 0.08.
Despite approval from the US Supreme Court, several state supreme courts including Michigan and Rhode Island have found drunk-driving roadblocks unconstitutional. An Albuquerque, New Mexico court recently found a DUI car seizure ordinance unconstitutional.
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Let me see if I can get this straight. The fedguv takes my money away at the point of a gun (if necessary), then sends it to my state and local governments, who then have an incentive to interfere with my right to travel, and then sniff around to find an excuse to confiscate my vehicle and other property.
Incidentally, it was the same mechanism that was used to mandate seat belts, .08 BAC for proof of intoxication, etc.
Whatever happened to Republicans being the party of small, limited federal government?
This time it really is Bush's Fault!
can they add a tobacco and cell phone amendment? As long as they're confiscating my stuff, I want as many as possible to go down with me.
"Whatever happened to Republicans being the party of small, limited federal government?"
Surely you jest.
I thought non-profits weren't supposed to "lobby".
Do not think for a moment that they intend to stop at 0.08; they will chip away, 0.075... 0.07, etc until you basically can't drive after any number of drinks, no matter how acceptable your condition.
You forgot the hamburger ordinance.
Forgot the sarcasm tag. Is this you?
You are sooo right. The evil hydrogenated trans-fat. Gotta a Big-Mac in your car, mister? Well it ain't your car no more. Hahahahah.
Where does it say you have a right to drive drunk?
It's actually that now. Maine proposed .04 this week.
no, that's not me, this is me:
Where does it say what "alcohol-impaired" is?
It appears to be whatever the LEO wants it to be.
Bookmarked. Very exhaustive. I've run across that before.
Its what ever YOUR LEGISLATURE says it is...
You Voted for these guys, go down and sit in their office till they pay attention, or run for office yourself.
MADD lied to my legislature and got 'em all girly and emotional.
They have time to show up every time the doors open. I don't. I have to work in order to provide tax dollars to those who want to enslave me and steal my property.
confiscation of automobiles for resale? now this has gone way too far! Travel documents in hand....... the Gestapo says these papers are NOT in order.
Surely this will get a court challenge...... but considering the courts allowing eminent domain confiscation I fear private property in America is going the way of the DoDo bird.
This is your fedguv bribing the states. There ain't gonna' be any court challenge that hasn't already taken place and gone (mostly) the wrong way.
Well, getting rid of drunken truckers is a fine objective. We will quickly, however, get a racial profiling complaint as Mexican trucks are stopped, trucks too dangerous to driven on US roads, or uninsured or carrying cargos of Fox's drugs or loads of illegal aliens, including muslim terrorists.
Yuppers to all that.
Read this and get back to me
You got that right, sweetheart! There are no more "peace officers."
True, good old-fashioned lawmen are a thing of the past. Today's cops are nothing more than revenue agents for the state and prostitutes for MADD.
I'm sorry to name the only exception, because other than he, you're quite right. Calvin Coolidge. The other 'Pubbie presidents after the 19th century have all been SMAGINOs.
This is good news if it holds up.
This kind on nonsense is what floats their boats in DC. It's obviously more important to them than stopping illegal immigration...
Which reminds me when mayor Jerry Brown set up some DUI road blocks in Oakland California but was pressured to stop them because too many illegal aliens were getting their automobiles confiscated
Not when "Your Legislature" whines that they "HAVE" to pass the new standards into state law due to federal BLACKMAIL!
These BLACKMAIL schemes being perpetrated by "our" Gov. Org. are shameful beyond civil description, amounting to sedition.
And both parties are happy to continue the BLACKMAIL in order to promote their pet causes.
"It's actually that now. Maine proposed .04 this week."
Swallow some mouthwash, and you're f*cked!
Many of us here are asking ourselves that same question. It's all about power, money and greed.
"Many of us here are asking ourselves that same question"
It just keeps getting worse and worse, doesn't it?
I will bet in a 5-10 years you will see Republicans pushing for socialist health care...
Sure glad I take my boat to the bar.
you lucky bastard... :)
Yes, it does. I fear for our nation and our sovereignty.
"Where does it say you have a right to drive drunk?"
Thanks for the ping. Here's a little something in return:
"Did you really think we want those laws observed?" said Dr. Ferris. "We want them to be broken. You'd better get it straight that it's not a bunch of boy scouts you're up against... We're after power and we mean it... There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws. Who wants a nation of law-abiding citizens? What's there in that for anyone? But just pass the kind of laws that can neither be observed nor enforced or objectively interpreted and you create a nation of law-breakers and then you cash in on guilt. Now that's the system, Mr. Reardon, that's the game, and once you understand it, you'll be
much easier to deal with." ('Atlas Shrugged' 1957)
"Sure glad I take my boat to the bar."
Your ripe for a DUI. I don't know your state of residence, but many states are able to charge for DUI for just about anything. From cars, to bicycles to boats to horses, all will result in a DUI.
Not sure what you mean by ripe.
There is always a possibility of being boarded, although in 20 tears of boat ownership I have yet to have it happen. Taking the boat does however pretty much eliminate the "roadblock/checkpoint" factor.
oops. tears....make that years!
Just to clarify, if you are driving a boat, or rowing a boat or paddling a canoe, you are subject to the same DUI laws as anyone driving a car. All your state needs to do is realize the revenue that can be generated and the "inspections" will begin.
I hope that doesn't occure where you live like it has in Michigan.
This is one of the factors that caused me to to go up to the library and start looking into the topics of rights and public property in the first place. There were a couple of other events as well. There is a lot of reading, and it isn't at all like studying math and physics like I have been doing all my life. It is necessary to read back, back, back in philosophy, which is something I never intended to do. I even have Aristotle's and Plato's works on the state on my bookshelf. What a mess!
This kind of thing was ok when they were just doing it to druggies, but now they've gone too far with the power we've ceded to them!
This is nothing new. If they could make money from your shoes they would impound/auction them too.
A motivated cop can and will fabricate a situation to validate his actions.
If anything you have fewer protections on the water. The Coast Guard or local patrol boat cop can board you without reason for a safety check. They do tend to focus on the smaller boats though.
The way I see it, all this heavy-handed DUI garbage will just lead to more folks getting wise to opting out of field sobriety/breathalyzer checks. Fact is you're screwed anyway, don't help them by giving them evidence
This question gos out to everyone on freerepublic that voted republican in the last election hopeing to shrink the size and scope of the government.Do you still feel like your vote wasnt wasted?I'm not ever going to throw my vote away in anymore elections I will vote straight libertarian ticket from now on.
I know what a RINO is, but what's a SMAGINO?