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Earlier I made mention of Bob Dyer's AB Journal column on sobriety checkpoints in Summit County. Dyer's original column here.
Dyer just had a feature piece in Wednesday's Beacon about a Jerry Seabrook and his experience with a sobriety checkpoint on Rt. 21 in Copley Township. In spite of the fact that Seabrook blew under the limit, he was still charged when stopped at this specific checkpoint.
...the officer, James Dawson of the Barberton Police Department one of 20 Summit County law-enforcement agencies that participate in the Summit County OVI Task Force doesn't think Seabrook's movements are rock solid. He takes the man's driver's license and directs him to a trailer, where he is asked to take a Breathalyzer test.
Seabrook gladly complies, and blows a 0.049 way below the legal limit of 0.08. ''I guess I'm OK to go,'' he says.
Dawson, who is making $38 an hour in voluntary overtime pay, disagrees. He tells Seabrook to sit tight while he writes a ticket for OVI Operating a Vehicle under the Influence of alcohol.
On the citation, he plugs in the code 4511.19 A1A and tells Seabrook that if he is found guilty in court he could lose his license for six months and be sent to a rehab school.
Then here's the director of the Summit County Task Force, Jeff Buck, police chief of Reminderville....
''I think that we're doing the residents of Summit County and everyone just an enormous amount of good.''
.... ''I think we're getting people off the road that are killing people when they're drunk, that are driving without insurance, that are driving while they're suspended.
''We're taking people off the roads that have guns, that are carrying concealed weapons, that have felony warrants.''
And then the real reason it's all being done.....
Summit is one of 10 counties in the state getting roughly $150,000 a year to run these roadblocks. Link
Just as pre-emption has become a policy in our country's highest foreign policy and military levels....so too pre-emption has filtered down to the grassroots level of law enforcement.
And just as the motivating factor in our federal pre-emption policy boils down to assets and money....so too the motivating factor for local pre-emptive measures, like checkpoints, boils down to getting that $150,000 a year.
$38 per hr...... for clearly working to violate the rights guaranteed by the fourth amendment.
There is no "probable cause" when your local law enforcement people stop every person on the highway and go through their "effects".
All in an attempt to keep us all safer...you understand. It's not for the $38 per hr. or the $150,000 a year, mind you. It's all to keep us safe. How efficient is this Task Force that's all about safety and not about the money?
That night in Copley, the task force questioned 2,422 drivers and found only five er, make that four drunks (assuming the two whose cases have not yet been resolved are guilty).
Among the five charged, the highest blood-alcohol content was a hefty 0.176. The next highest was 0.145 which, as recently as 1982, was below the legal limit.
I guess the local pre-emptive policy of checkpoints is a bit different from the federal government's international pre-emptive policy, currently on display in what used to be Iraq. Summit's Task Force did find a few driver's over the limit. Commander Codpiece couldn't find any dangerous weapons at all inside Iraq. A big zero.
The Summit Task Force's Copley Township checkpoint found 4 driver's out of 2,422. That weighs in at a whopping .2%.
This pre-emption stuff, not only is it illegal, but it's really not very efficient either, is it?