Sobriety checkpoints

Posted Thursday, Mar. 28, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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As a descendant of a Continental Army soldier, it frightens me when I hear of a "No-Refusal" weekend. I know how my patriot would have responded if pulled over because his horse was lame. He would have refused a field sobriety check on principle. I visualize him in 2013 sitting handcuffed in the back of a squad car, a syringe-wielding officer at his side. For that officer to be able to submit an affidavit for a warrant from a sympathetic judge is a mockery to the Fourth and Fifth Amendments.

I lived in a northern state for 12 years and have been subjected to several roadblocks, and I would hate to see those tactics used here.

I have a family that includes grandchildren, and I pray for their safety every day. If any of them were to be harmed by a drunk driver, I would give my life to go after that individual -- not the bars or random drivers.

-- Don Billings, Fort Worth

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