RI Lawmaker:Outlaw DUI Checkpoints
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – A Rhode Island state lawmaker says drunk-driving checkpoints are unfair and should be banned.
Rep. Charlene Lima, a Cranston Democrat, has introduced a bill in the General Assembly to prohibit police from conducting traffic checkpoints to identify drunk drivers. A legislative panel reviewed
the legislation Wednesday.
Lima says she supports laws against drunk driving, but that checkpoints “smack of a police state.” She said there's no reason sober drivers should have to prove to police that they're not driving drunk.
Police officials oppose Lima's bill and say checkpoints are a valuable method of deterring drunk driving.
The bill awaits a vote in the House Judiciary Committee.
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