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Road Side Safety Check Friday

Be cautious if you are driving through Park Ridge.

Cook County Sheriff's Police will be conducting a roadside safety checkpoint, (aka roadblock) Friday night near the intersection of Dempster Street and Potter Road in Park Ridge, according to a news release from the Cook County Sheriff's Office.

The exact time frame of the check is not available, however, drivers are cautioned that vehicles will be stopped randomly and drivers will be screened for license and registration and vehicles for equipment violations. Suspicious passengers will be questioned.

Mike May 19, 2011 at 04:44 PM
They did this last year and essentially stopped every vehicle headed eastbound on Dempster that happened to be in the right lane and had them pull into the Main East campus. The cops involved at that time were incredibly rude and threatening. The officer who waved us over shined a flashlight in my kids faces and pounded his fist on my van when I asked what the issue was. There has to be a better and more efficient way to determine whether or not someone has a drivers license and proof of valid insurance. Additionally, the people involved should be more professional and realize that the vast majority of the people that they pull over in these scenarios will be hard working tax payers.
Pat Craig May 20, 2011 at 02:31 PM
4th. Amendment to US Constitution: The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized. In Katz v. United States, 389 U.S. 347 (1967), the Supreme Court ruled that the amendment's protections do not apply when the searched party lacks a "reasonable expectation of privacy". Indiana Supreme Court rules no right to block illegal police entry into home: In a 3-2 decision, Justice Steven David writing for the court said if a police officer wants to enter a home for any reason or no reason at all, a homeowner cannot do anything to block the officer's entry. "We believe ... a right to resist an unlawful police entry into a home is against public policy and is incompatible with modern Fourth Amendment jurisprudence," David said. "We also find that allowing resistance unnecessarily escalates the level of violence and therefore the risk of injuries to all parties involved without preventing the arrest." The REAL ID Act of 2005, ( http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d109:H.R.418: ), creates a de facto national identification card. May I see your papers citizen?
Tony Kovacs May 20, 2011 at 09:53 PM
If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to worry about. "Reasonable" is the key word. In this day and age we need to recall we are no longer in the frontier with a musket as the baddest weapon and the horse as our vehicle. As to national ID, only those here illegally should worry, and I am glad they should. As Sonny Bono famously said when asked what he thought of illegal immigration, "it's illegal". And 10 years after 9/11, we do not have a national ID thanks to states compliants.
Pat Craig May 21, 2011 at 02:41 PM
"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." ---Benjamin Franklin, February 1775 "If a nation values anything more than freedom, it will lose its freedom; and the irony of it is that if it is comfort or money that it values more, it will lose that too." -- Somerset Maugham "A strict observance of the written laws is doubtless one of the high duties of a good citizen, but it is not the highest. The laws of necessity, of self- preservation, of saving our country when in danger, are of higher obligation. To lose our country by a scrupulous adherence to written law would be to lose the law itself, with life, liberty, property, and all those who are enjoying them with us; thus absurdly sacrificing the end to the means." ---Thomas Jefferson to John Colvin, 1810 "In the end, more than they wanted freedom, they wanted security. They wanted a comfortable life, and they lost it all -- security, comfort, and freedom. When ... the freedom they wished for was freedom from responsibility, then Athens ceased to be free." --- Sir Edward Gibbon "Perhaps the meek shall inherit the Earth, but they'll do it in very small plots . . . about 6' by 3'." - -- Robert A. Heinlein FREEDOM IS NOT FOR THE TIMID!

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