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Sunday, March 29, 2009

Check the Checkpoints: ActCivilized.com Alerts SD Drivers to Sobriety Searches

Do sobriety checkpoints torque you off? Believe it or not, as Sergeant Thompson pointed out Friday, South Dakota's Department of Public Safety is offering to give you a heads-up on when and where the Highway Patrol will be ignoring the Fourth Amendment. The state has set up a new website, actcivilized.com, where you can sign up to get text message alerts about sobriety checkpoints in your county.

If I had a cell phone, that would be even peachier.

The service also offers a text-message directory of cabs available throughout the Black Hills and around some of South Dakota's bigger burgs.

So this would be Big Brother helping me keep track of Big Brother. I'm having a hard time getting my mind fully around that one, and I'm sober!


  1. This is indeed interesting. I wonder how sophisticated the system is. Checkpoints are planned fairly far in advance, and are sometimes canceled or moved due to weather or other changing circumstances. Would such changes be sent out?

  2. What "torques" me is that any notice is given about checkpoints.

    How much is it going to cost we taxpayers who don't drink and drive to tell drunks (and potential killers with a car as a deadly weapon) about checkpoints?

    Give me a break. Telling them isn't going to stop them. What the state outta be doing is change the law so you do jail time and lose your license on the FIRST CONVICTION. But our legislature doesn't have the you-know-whats to do that.


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