Ostensibly, the potential implementation of DUI checkpoints/roadblocks in Oregon is a righteous moral mission undertaken by the state to liberate sober drivers from the overwhelming threat of tyrannical, legally drunk drivers on the road and unburden taxpayers of the associated costs of consequent accidents. Similarly, the pretext for the U.S. invasion of Iraq was to liberate oppressed Iraqi individuals, spread democracy, displace a brutal, threatening dictator and encourage freedom across the globe.
In both cases, these claims look great on paper. But anyone who hasn't surrendered or atrophied her natural capacity for critical thought and who has but a vague awareness of historical events beyond the weekly conclusions of American Idol, can see that beneath these official motives lies a thinly cloaked impetus of some kind.
It's not a secret that the DUI industry (which MSN estimates at a total of $10,000 paid out per DUI) is a major source of income for the city and its privileged exclusive associates who charge exorbitant fees for required classes, group sessions and even simple multiple choice surveys - not to mention the perfect opportunity for the insurance sharks to up their rates.
If the state's underlying motive is increasing public safety, why not invest in better public transportation systems that the intoxicated and the sober can ride upon? Or how about reforming health care and health insurance in Oregon so as to prevent innumerable deaths each year?
As The Source pointed out last week, there is absolutely no empirical evidence suggesting that DUI checkpoints prevent drinking and driving, injury or death (of course there is speculative "evidence" suggesting otherwise). Like the situation surrounding the Iraq invasion, it's also a convenient excuse to give half-wit authorities more unchecked power over citizens' day-to-day lives, thus diminishing anything resembling civil rights - not to mention the Fourth Amendment.
I don't support drunk driving in any way, but I really don't appreciate this kind of moronic attempt at disarming civilians of basic rights on false pretense.