BEWARE: ISP holding fundraiser in Hamilton County July 1Posted by Chris Beavers on Friday, June 25th, 2010 @ 7:06 pm.
Illinois State Police has announced there will be a ‘Roadside Safety Check’ on July 1 in Hamilton County. “Officers working these details will be watchful for drivers who are operating unsafe vehicles, driving with a suspended or revoked driver’s license, transporting open alcoholic beverages or driving under the influence,” this according to a press release this afternoon.
ISP uses as their excuse for doing this that they’re “zero-tolerant” of drunk drivers. However, why they have to have a designated place and date in order to nab all those drunk drivers, especially in little old Hamilton County, on a workday, is rather odd in the scheme of things, especially since no interstate runs through HamCo, only state highways…and that just barely.
Of course, ISP was careful to note that they’re able to fund this “detail” because of a grant (YOUR TAX DOLLARS), which might pay for the overtime involved if there is any, or all the additional manpower they’re going to need in order to take in the DUIers they’re going to grab off the side roads (or hey, main streets, as in McLeansboro) of lightly-populated HamCo.
And also of course, your tax dollars ALREADY fund ISP, so you’re getting double-dipped. And if you’re caught in one of these details not wearing your seatbelt (which, we were promised back in the 90s, wouldn’t be an offense ISP would be stopping us for…but they sure do), you’ll be triple-dipped. As with most everything law-enforcement-related in Illinois, this kind of ‘detail’ is merely a fundraiser for ISP, in order to ensure that they’re getting enough money out of the residents of this state (and others passing through) to justify writing for grants, which they obtain in order to do this kind of thing, so they can go out and write tickets again, etc., etc., etc.
They used to call these “dragnets.” A cop would argue that that’s for something specific. But this is a general dragnet, where they’re looking to get anybody and everybody they can, for ANYTHING they can. It’s a gitchafer. Never mind that you have the Constitutional right to not be detained if you haven’t done anything wrong. You’re going to be detained at these ‘details’…so be prepared, maybe send word out. God knows everybody knows how to text while driving these days. Hell, text US where the “detail” is, and we’ll put it here on the site, the Facebook page and of course Twitter. Call it “Narc that Cop.”
One of these RSCs was scheduled to be held in Saline County today, so Salinites, if you’re reading this, be aware that this is going on in your neck of the woods.
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