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Do police need to know where you’re going?

June 30, 2014
Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Regarding your article in Wednesday's paper about driving-while-intoxicated checkpoints: Aside from tavern owners' complaints that DWI checkpoints are bad for business, the first questions that the police ask drivers they stop are chilling. "Where are you going?" and "Where are you coming from?" are not police business. In what kind of society do the police monitor the movements of its citizens? What do they intend to do with the information they gather with such questions? What would be the consequences if a driver were to respond firmly and politely, "Officer, those questions are not police business"?



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