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Unfortunately if the dog triggered then they are within their rights. Now, did they use a command to trigger the dog? That seems to be the rage these days.
Originally posted by fleabit
While I agree citizens must assert their rights, but to play the devils advocate, the 4th of July has the highest death toll per year (surpassing New Years) - around 500 people die on this day due to drunk driving. Over 50% of the fatal accidents on this day are due to drinking. And I know for a fact I see a lot of reckless driving later on the evening on the fourth. So what do you suggest? That they just let Americans express their freedoms and drive drunk, endangering innocents? How would you protect innocent drivers from morons who feel it's ok to drink and drive?
I do think police should be further trained on how to properly deal with citizens who are rightfully asserting their freedom from wrongful searches, detentions, etc. Too many police get in a snit if their "power" is being called into question. But to assert that all police are like this is ridiculous.
As an aside - many Americans are rude "jerks" to put it mildly. They feel entitled to act any way they please - they feel as if their rights supersedes the rights of everyone else. My wife and I went to a fireworks display near Denver - were sitting in a field on a blanket, enjoying the weather. We had to move twice to avoid cars driving across the field. People were driving at incredibly dumb speeds across a field where people were sitting on blankets, and a lot of kids were running around. A ton of dust was raised by people speeding, and people would park directly in front of people sitting waiting for the display to begin. It disgusted me to see so many blatantly rude fellow Americans in one place. Those who had got there early were flabbergasted at the # of incredibly self-centered Americans... you know.. the ones who feel their rights supersedes anything or anybody.edit on 6-7-2013 by fleabit because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by tsurfer2000h
Just because there is a DUI checkpoint doesn't just mean for alcohol, which is the reason why a dog is present.
DUI = Driving under the influence, whether it be alcohol or drugs (legal or illegal) you can be considered under the influence.
Why have gun laws? Only 30,000 people died last year in gun related injuries! Why have DUI laws? Only 10,000 people diead last year in alcohol related accidents!
Originally posted by links234
reply to post by randomtangentsrme
Because one death is a tragedy but 5 million is just a statistic, right?
Why have gun laws? Only 30,000 people died last year in gun related injuries!
Why have DUI laws? Only 10,000 people diead last year in alcohol related accidents!
I'll tell you why. Because those deaths are needless. You're heartless if you think otherwise.edit on 6-7-2013 by links234 because: coding
Originally posted by HauntWok
reply to post by whyamIhere
Some History teacher needs to be hung for treason.
Ah yes, why I keep warning everyone about these constitutional extremists. This is why I associate some people with the Taliban. Quite similar.
Originally posted by Bob Sholtz
we have DUI laws to save lives, and rights to protect the innocent.
Originally posted by Helious You want to reduce drinking and driving, increase the penalties 100 fold. That is how you limit or reduce it, not by stopping every American citizen driving down the road and subject them to things that should only be happening in totalitarian regimes.
Increase penalties, promote more public awareness, there are many other things that can be done without infringing on individual rights and freedoms. Believe me, this IS NOT the most constructive way of reducing deaths and injuries from drunk driving, it's just the way the most revenue is generated.
That said, rights exist to protect the guilty, the unpopular, and those who challenge society. Those that are innocent don't need the law to protect them because they're not prosecuted in most cases.