Checkpoint Hearing Wednesday- SB 298

Experience should teach us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the government’s purposes are beneficent… The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding.

Justice Louis Brandeis

The DWI roadblock bill (SB 298) is scheduled for a hearing Wednesday afternoon. We are running out of opportunities to defeat this dangerously misguided legislation. MADD is close to achieving their magnum opus; the suspicionless harassment and detention of innocent Texas motorists.

Politicians may not realize that opposing roadblocks does not mean one supports drunk driving. Instead, opposition to roadblocks is an affirmation that freedom and privacy has value. Texans deserve the simple liberty of not being assumed guilty of DWI.

Currently, Texas drivers who can obey every one of our state’s numerous traffic laws can traverse the state in peace. When 298 passes all motorists will be forced to dance for police on the side of road and prove themselves not intoxicated.

It is beyond naive to assume that the police can handle such awesome power responsibly. What happens when the Officer Powells of Texas are unleashed at a roadblock?

The exact time of the hearing hasn’t been set. I want to encourage anyone with a love for freedom, privacy, or liberty to attend this hearing and speak out against this bill.

Will freedom die with a whimper? Or will you stand up against tyrannical neo prohibition police state MADDness?

Further reading-
The Roadblock Future
Radley Balko on MADD

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