Know Your Rights
I have occasionally railed at the mistake of the Loudoun County police in performing DUI checkpoints. In addition to the fact that nobody HAS to submit to their questions, it is simply a waste of time and police resources that are better served by driving the roads looking at driving behaviour. I have posted previously, but multiple studies have shows a greater per man hour rate of catching drunk drivers through patrol than through checkpoints.
I have taken to refusing to answer ANYTHING that the Loudoun County police ask me when they set one of these up. And of course they cannot do anything about it. They cannot detain me without probable cause and since I never drink EVER, then they never have that cause. I also do not need to answer any of their questions without an attorney present. I recommend that other citizens do the same until they wise up and stop harassing law abiding citizens. I plan to videotape the next checkpoint I happen to go through. Just as a reminder, in Virginia, you have to:
2] Provide identity and insurance information
3] Nothing else. You can politely refuse to answer ANY questions they ask you. They have no right to question you.
They will shortly let you go on your way as long as you don’t have a warrant or a broken taillight or something.
To me, this is like the targeting of law abiding gun owners with unnecessary checks, questions, rules and laws that do nothing to stop criminal use of guns. There is a reason that probable cause is required and more people should require the police to show it when they are engaging in random questioning. It is time to stop wasting our tax payer money on these exercises. And it is wrong. Go after criminals, and leave law abiding citizens alone.
By the way, if you like the above DUI video, check out these videos of the annoying California checkpoints being refused. They are even more unconstitutional than the DUI ones due to constitutional protection to freely move between states.
PS: I should be clear that I am aware of the Supreme Court ruling on the constitutionality of DUI checkpoints. It was one of the many nonsensical rulings of the Supreme Court over the years. It should be overturned. 11 states have banned DUI checkpoints as being against their state equivalent of the 4th amendment. Virginia’s constitution needs a serious overhaul.