Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) March 22, 2011
"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." Benjamin Franklin
Today, four U.S. Senators wrote a letter to Apple and Google asking that they remove apps used to alert users to potential DUI checkpoints. Sens. Harry Reid, Chuck Schumer, Frank Lautenberg, and Mark Udall all signed the letter that made the request, citing the number of drunk driving deaths in America every year. They all expressed their concern for the potential threat to public safety at the hands of these apps. Los Angeles DUI Lawyer Michael Rehm believes the real threat to public safety is the erosion of the constitutional principles that the Fourth Amendment provided the country with. The right of the people to be secure against unreasonable search and seizures. "Sobriety checkpoints are unconstitutional. It is as simple as that. Ten states (Idaho, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Oregon, Rhode Island, Texas, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming) have rejected the Untied States Supreme Court decision in 1990 that allowed sobriety checkpoints, and have ruled they are not legal under their state constitutions." Rehm stated.
"But today, in the year 2011, four U.S Senators decided that the real evil occurring was that technology was undermining the efforts of law enforcement to infringe on the rights of Americans." Rehm continued.
"The laws relating to DUI's has shown the most dramatic overreach of the government and the most conscious disregard for the Constitution. The evidence used to prosecute individuals (i.e breathalyzer) is not scientifically sound. The manner in which they are detaining people (i.e sobriety checkpoints) are not constitutional. But the political pressure to appear tough on crime, and the propaganda related to this issue has led to every metro area in America on a Friday night looking like a police state, or at least sharing similar characteristics. The government should not detain an individual when there is no suspicion that a crime has occurred,or is occurring. If an individual is doing nothing wrong, they should be left alone. The fact that technology has developed to attempt to combat the government from performing unlawful seizures, is not an outrage, it is simply the natural consequence that will occur in a society based on principles of freedom. Everything comes full circle, and eventually the checkpoint will be deemed unconstitutional, or public transportation will be seen as the real answer to the drinking driving epidemic so that revenue will be spent on that, not checkpoints, and the checkpoints will no longer exist. But for now, citizens in forty of the fifty states in America are subjected to checkpoints, and it is no surprise that a society of free men and women has adapted."
Michael Rehm represents individuals charged with DUI offenses in Los Angeles and surrounding counties.