Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Drunk Driving Checkpoints Are A Racket

(Posted by Dannytheman)

Many of you already know I hate checkpoints in the United States for DUI inspections. But now it has become a big revenue business. The Police Chiefs get money from the State, or Fed.

The towns get revenue from the fines and fees. It is much easier work to get fines and money from basic law abiding folks, then it is to pay out revenue to chase a financially broke thief/criminal.
I don't drink, so I have no chips in this game, but I know a scam when I see one!
Read the story and see if it can persuade you.

My buddy Donald Gately writes:

Local governments are clearly shifting from chasing criminals to chasing revenue. Which, from the point of view of their own self-interest, makes a lot of sense.

Let's say that you are a local government, and you think of your budget as YOUR resources and not those of your constituents. You have a choice of two broad strategies (or a mix thereof): either pursue actual criminals for CRIMINAL OFFENSES, a process which requires the expenditure of resources and can be hard/dangerous work. Or you can pick on generally law-abiding citizens for civil offenses via revenue light cameras, roadside BAC screenings, "driving while talking" laws, seatbelt enforcement, aggressive parking enforcement, laws limiting grass/weed height, etc. While those non-criminals may sometimes show up in court to fight the charge, they typically don't run or put up much of a fight (physical or otherwise). They pay their fines and get on with working, raising their families, paying their taxes, etc.

Given the quality of our political class, and given how many bureaucrats and government employees see their job as a birthright rather than a solemn responsibility, it should come as no surprise that taxpayers are getting it from both ends, and are seen as prey for both criminals and bureaucrats.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

In Springfield we have an abundance of speeders and stop sign runners. Lots of cell fone users and texters. I think they out number the criminal population. Drunk driving is one of the worst driving offenses in my eyes. How many are underage? We'll never know if we just let them go and worry about the "criminals". I think you are right and we should leave the "law-abiding citizens" alone and let them do as they please. Get them nasty criminals off the streets so they are not in they way of the "law-abiding criminals. P.S What a putz!

November 30, 2011 at 6:12 PM 
Blogger Dannytheman said...

Happy to see you speak Yiddish!!
I appreciate your feedback!

November 30, 2011 at 6:37 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In Springfield, we also have Officer Cherno-who is awesome, so CHILL.

The End.

November 30, 2011 at 8:48 PM 
Blogger Bob Bohne said...

Danny - Did you cut and paste this entire post? The part that reads "I don't drink, so I have no chips in this game". I'm pretty sure that was you that I had drinks with last month.

December 1, 2011 at 8:21 AM 
Blogger jake said...

Boy, I saw that one coming.
But, truth be told, Danny did drive Gil home.

December 1, 2011 at 9:20 AM 
Blogger Bob Bohne said...

Jake - How do we know they went home?

December 1, 2011 at 9:56 AM 
Blogger Dannytheman said...

You guys count O'Doul's? Tough crowd!
At least the cowardly Springfield resident "Anon" member called me a putz.

December 1, 2011 at 10:14 AM 
Blogger Bob Bohne said...

WHAT? The seemingly alcohol fueled irrational political rants? All an act? Damn you are good!

December 1, 2011 at 10:41 AM 
Blogger Dannytheman said...

I figured that's why Gil had ME drive him home!!

I am already looking forward to a next time!!

December 1, 2011 at 1:54 PM 
Blogger Bob Bohne said...

We may not always agree, hell, we harly ever agree. But it's all good.

December 1, 2011 at 4:31 PM 
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