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Driving Checkpoints...On the Way?

Representative David Swinford Representative David Swinford
State Trooper Juan Medrano State Trooper Juan Medrano

Driving checkpoints are being proposed by the Texas Department of Public Safety but some lawmakers say they will infringe on Constitutional rights.

If the checkpoints are implemented state troopers and local police could set up designated stretches of road where they pull drivers over at random.

Area lawmakers say if the checkpoints are OK'd by the Attorney General it is likely will they be taking action.

Representative David Swinford says these checkpoints are Unconstitutional because they would punish law abiding citizens.

"It would be putting all of our law abiding citizens through this little hole and that's not the way we're set up. We should have ultimate freedoms unless we violate a law."

State trooper Juan Medrano says he does not feel a checkpoint system is necessary because Texas is already doing a good job tracking offenders.

"In regards to insurance on vehicles, they have a database now where we can check on the side of the road whether or not you do have valid insurance. We do have driver's license scanners inside of our vehicles."

Representative Swinford says he does support checkpoint when public safety is more likely to be at risk.

"If you know that booze is going to be flowing freely and that you probably don't want them on your deals, you know some spot checks or something but as far as just setting up out here and stopping everybody that's infringing on my rights."

Checkpoints are not new to Texas. Until 1994 they were allowed but the state Court of Criminal Appeals ruled they must be authorized by a "politically accountable governing body at the state level."

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