Escondido Taking Heat For Checkpoints

Latino activists believe they're illegal.

By Susan Taylor
|  Monday, Dec 21, 2009  |  Updated 10:15 AM PDT
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Escondido Taking Heat For Checkpoints

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With the holidays heating up, so are the drivers license checkpoints.

Civil rights activists are demanding a stop to them in the city of Escondido.  Attorneys for the American Civil Liberties Union argued in a letter sent to Escondido city officials that checkpoints aimed solely at catching unlicensed drivers are illegal. 

They cite a state Attorney General's report in March that said the same thing. The Escondido City Attorney said he believes the checkpoints are legal.  Civil rights activists say sobriety checkpoints are legal if conducted properly, but the ACLU and Latino activists believe  drivers license checkpoints are not.  

You can read more about checkpoint legality in the full article of the North County Times.

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