"Show us your papers." It's not just the theme of Communist or Socialist countries in the East, but it's rather common place in what is not the Socialist States of America. For years police have been conducting random, "Barney-Five", type checks of licenses, driving under the influence check points, and seat belts check points, which clearly violate the Fourth Amendment. Now a new crackdown is taking place: uninsured drivers. Tulsa County Sheriff's are also issuing a $250 ticket for the "infraction" of not presenting proof of insurance.
Just so we are clear, the Fourth Amendment reads:
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.
Every checkpoint set up by police, where they detain you, ask for your license and insurance and seek to rifle through your vehicle for anything without a warrant is unconstitutional. If you are doing nothing in violation of the law, then law enforcement should not be stopping you for any reason.
However, since Americans have allowed them to do it for so long, they just continue to make more excuses for stopping you, whether you are doing something wrong or not.
The Tulsa County Sheriff's Office set up an insurance checkpoint over the weekend. They made sure that drivers had their license and had proof of insurance.
Violators were given a $250 ticket, and those with zero insurance had their cars towed.
While the Oklahoma Insurance Commission said that one in four Oklahoma drivers do not have insurance and the claim is that drives up costs for everyone. The only way that would be, is if they are involved in an accident. Otherwise, people continue to pay the rates they always pay.
"That's one of the issues, folks think that the ticket... it's less expensive to gamble and not carry insurance and go ahead and pay a ticket," Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John Doak said. "So we are trying to increase those fines for people that are driving without insurance."
The deputies discovered 38 people without proof of insurance. So while they conducted their unconstitutional "check point checkies" until 3 a.m., it panned out nicely for the department. They garnered a total of $9500.00!
The Tulsa Sheriff's Department would not comment on the checkpoint when contacted.
Please, don't try to tell me this is about safety or the law or anything other than shaking down people for money.
Below is video footage from the checkpoint:Don't forget to Like Freedom Outpost on Facebook, Google Plus, & Twitter. You can also get Freedom Outpost delivered to your Amazon Kindle device here.