Opinion: DUI checkpoints may be popular, but violate Constitution

The City of Scottsdale will once again participate with other Valley police agencies in a DUI Task Force.

While I support and applaud police efforts to curtail driving while impaired, I do not support DUI road blocks or check points.

These occur when the police shut down a public street and divert vehicles, in order to subject drivers to a no individual probable cause/no individual probable suspicion sobriety check.

Despite surviving some court challenges, I and other voters think that this is an unwarranted government intrusion by police into our personal liberty and Constitutional rights.

Even though the police may be legally permitted to conduct such road blocks or check points at this time, there is no legal requirement to do so.  Doing this is a matter of public policy, which for the City of Scottsdale and other cities in the Valley is ultimately the authority and responsibility of the mayor and city council.

In a day and age when government surveillance and intrusion is becoming a threat to the Constitutional rights of all citizens, I urge mayors and councils to ensure that police departments do not carry out or otherwise support or participate in such intrusive and Constitutionally questionable police activities.

Thank you for serving.  Happy Holidays!

Mr. Greco is a Scottsdale resident.

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