Heard on the radio this morning during my drive to the incall:

SAN ANTONIO — A call for a wrong-way driver turned into a high speed chase early Wednesday morning, San Antonio police say.

Dispatchers received a 911 call just before 2 a.m. for a wrong-way driver at Loop 1604 and Green Mountain Road, on the city’s northeast side.Police said a witness, who spotted the driver, followed her all the way to Randolph Boulevard.When officers caught up to her, she stopped, turned around and went the correct way on Loop 1604 past Universal City, Live Oak, police said.

Officers clocked her at 85 miles per hour, then said she slowed down to 16 miles per hour and then sped up again.Police said officers finally caught her at Loop 1604 and Lockhill-Selma Road.Police said the woman will be charged with evading arrest and she was intoxicated.

The talking heads mentioned that five police have been injured and two killed in San Antonio by drunk drivers, and of course seven people out of 2.14 million is OMG HUGE PROBLEM.

Naturally, the answer is always a new law.

AUSTIN, Texas — San Antonio Police Chief Bill McManus and the Bexar County Assistant District Attorney headed to Austin this week to talk about two bills dealing with drinking and driving.

… House Bill 439 would allow for sobriety checkpoints.

Those against the proposals say they’re too far-reaching. Those in support say something has got to give.

I’m waiting for the day when the ‘something’ that gives is people’s patience with this shit.  Look, this is not difficult.

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Let’s be blunt here.  Checkpoints have nothing to do with the public welfare.  This is a revenue grab.  Public coffers are running empty, so they’re asking that the King’s tax collectors herd everyone into handy lines where they can fish around for any possible excuse to levy fines.

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Published in: on April 13, 2011 at 10:40 am  Comments (1)  

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  1. And sometimes the excuse is so thin as to be virtually nonexistent: http://articles.cnn.com/2009-05-05/justice/texas.police.seizures_1_police-officer-highway-robbery-personal-property?_s=PM:CRIME


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