DSCN6005Random sobriety checkpoints? Lawmakers look to act next year


State and local law enforcement agencies do not conduct suspicionless checkpoints in Washington State. Check your state here:

Sobriety Checkpoint Laws

NMA Position On Roadblocks

In 2008, the US Border Patrol came to Jefferson County, WA and set up suspicionless checkpoints and bus boardings- away from border crossings and ports of entry.

Local people didn’t want the checkpoints & they were shut down.

Border Patrol checks buses every day; will it resume highway checkpoints?

At a checkpoint- the US Border Patrol stopped a legal medical marijuana user with a legal amount of medical marijuana. He was a passenger in a car:

Small-scale pot busts snared in Border Patrol stops

We are told the #1 US Border Patrol objective is to stop terrorists.

The US Border Patrol explains this objective at a local public forum- this YouTube video covers Border Patrol objectives at 3:50

At that same forum a lady asked:

“What is the penalty for not identifying oneself to federal agents at an internal, suspicionless checkpoint?”

US Border Patrol said they would call in the Sheriff when a person refused to identify themselves.

Sheriff says they will not respond to a non-emergency situation involving a person peaceably refusing to interact with federal agents.

Question about providing ID is at 0:35

Checkpoints ended here in 2008- possibly due to well-informed citizens and local protests. Looks like they weren’t vital to national security after all.

War on Terror- credibility squandered:

Charges Dropped Against Pot Patient in Possession at Checkpoint

DUI checkpoint videos:


Video collection- DHS checkpoints



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Photo- Port Hadlock scene