How Oregon Wants to Celebrate Independence Day: “No Refusal Weekend”

It will be just like Mom and apple pie! Red blood, white paperwork and blue surgical gloves will combine their patriotic colors this Fourth of July weekend in Oregon. The Free Thought Project tells us,

During Independence Day weekend, a time to celebrate US freedom and unalienable rights, Americans in Oregon will be subjected to a “blitz” of ‘no-refusal’ blood-draw checkpoints, as part of a disturbing trend that now extends nationwide.

Local news station KVAL reports that State police are re-naming Fourth of July weekend “No Refusal Weekend”, as part of a crack down on drunk driving.

Any driver who is stopped by police and refuses to take an alcohol breath test will be subjected to a mandatory blood test either at the scene, at a medical facility, or at the nearest jail.

Anyone who merely questions the breath test could also automatically lose their license for a year.

The police say they will liaise closely with prosecutors and judges to immediately obtain “blood draw warrants” in an effort to paint the process up as legal and Constitutional.

“No Refusal enforcement efforts aim to prevent people from avoiding full accountability,” said Officer Ryan Stone. The process is designed to force drivers into relenting to breath tests in order to avoid a potentially harsher penalty if they refuse to cooperate.

Right. Because the Founding Fathers stood and risked their lives for the right of the states to set up checkpoints to demand that people incriminate themselves or else face a warrant on that basis for a more invasive personal search.

If we have a right not to incriminate ourselves then how can exercising that right be the basis for a lawful warrant?

It would be one thing if cops actually patrolled roads and pulled over bad drivers to see if they were inebriated. But setting up checkpoints that require everyone to take a “breathalyzer” is simply an unlawful search.  Even using those lawful methods gives police horrific powers over others. The use of checkpoints is over the top.

And doing so while renaming the holiday weekend adds insult to injury.