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I severely disagree with Sobriety Checkpoints. I moved to Oregon from the state of Georgia 5 years ago, where the police force uses Sobriety Checkpoints. In my opinion, they don't actually work as intended. They are a huge pain in the rear for ordinary citizens, take up a lot of time and they make me feel like I live behind the iron curtain (where I had a job for a short time). The points are usually easy to spot from a distance away, even if you don't have friends that can let you know where it is -- so that if a drunk driver, for example, is aware of their state they can turn around and avoid it.
I feel that Sobriety Checkpoints are lazy policing and pick apart normal law abiding citizens for things like break lights out and other silliness. I realize one should have a car on the road in good working order, but having lived in an area where Sobriety Checkpoints ARE used, they seem grossly ineffective and border on harassment. If the state legislature is looking for something to use to improve crime rates further, perhaps they can look into implementing courses for the police force that promote better communication skills, since Portland police are especially infamous for shooting first and asking questions later or not at all.
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