BE AWARE ON THE ROADS: NATIONWIDE CHECKPOINTS AND SPEED TRAPS PLANNED FOR WEEK OF THANKSGIVING
t doesn’t matter where you live, chances are that if you travel anytime in the next week you will probably be seeing cops pulling people over everywhere.
News reports for almost every town in the country are warning of DUI checkpoints, speed traps and an increase in police activity for the whole week surrounding the thanksgiving holiday.
Most police departments depend on holidays to generate extra revenue and there will be overtime crews out there with the specific intention of pulling over average, nonviolent people to give them tickets.
They will be looking for people going over the speed limit, not wearing their seat belts, they will be checking tail lights and registration and they will even be setting up checkpoints in random spots all throughout the country.
If you plan on traveling, be conscious of anything that you have with you that you may need to keep hidden, avoid drinking and driving, and try to remember that your chances of having a police encounter are much greater this week than most other times throughout the year.
You always have the right to refuse a search, but cops are getting really crazy these days and ripping people out of their cars forcefully even if they refuse search, it has happened to me over a late emissions renewal.
The right to refuse search should always be exercised, but definitely don’t plan your life around the notion that the police will respect your rights.
Another good resource that people are employing is cell phone cameras.
Now, at traffic stops people have the ability to film what’s going on, so an objective view of what happened can be presented to the court, because more often than not, the cops lie in court, and since the cops and the judges both belong to the same organization they never seem to disagree on much.
If you see a speed trap or checkpoint this week, make a post on your favorite social network or forum and let your friends know, so they can avoid potential danger.
For those of you who don’t think that police encounters are dangerous, I would point out the fact that statistically you are 8 times more likely to be killed by a police officer than a terrorist.
J.G. Vibes is the author of an 87 chapter counter culture textbook called Alchemy of the Modern Renaissance, a staff writer and reporter for The Intel Hub and host of a show called Voluntary Hippie Radio.
You can keep up with his work, which includes free podcasts, free e-books & free audiobooks at his website www.aotmr.com
This article first appeared at The Intel Hub.