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Checking out Police Checkpoints

The Albemarle County Police Department recently conducted a sobriety checkpoint that resulted in nine violations. However, none of them were a DUI, which concerns Libertarian Tyler Sewell.

"You should not have a checkpoint for anything other than something like a DUI, something that is actually harmful to others," he said.

Sewell doesn't believe that violations like an expired inspection sticker or not having a license should be enforced at a checkpoint.

"If I smell like liquor, they can pull me out and arrest me for drunk driving, but they shouldn't have the right to run a dragnet for all kinds of things," he said.

John Whitehead, attorney and founder of the Rutherford Institute, a nonprofit organization that supports civil rights, says these stops are constitutional.

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