Breathe or be jailed.Submitted by manumission on Tue, 09/13/2011 - 23:30
Yesterday I drove into a police check-point where it was mandatory to take a breath test for alcohol. At first I declined to take the test and was told that I was under arrest and would be jailed. This happened in Wellington, New Zealand where I have an overseas work contract. I spoke with the police office about the morality of having to prove my innocents or be arrested to which he responded that he is doing it for my safety. He had already arrested three drunk drivers at the checkpoint that night. I finally succumbed to the test and went on my way. My wife agreed with the police officer and asked me how I would feel about the test if she and the kids were killed by a drunk driver if it possibly could have been prevented by a mandatory alcohol test. It's hard to argue with that, but still I feel there is a principal that has been sacrificed. Ron Paul teaches that when you give up a part of a principal you give up all of the principal, income tax comes to mind. Though this has never happened to me in the US I feel similarly every time I have to prove to the TSA that I am not a terrorist.
Here's my question to my friends at DP:
Is it in any way justifiable to prevent crime in this way, especially where it is undeniable that it saves lives? What would your response have been to my wife's question, would it be worth the sacrifice to save the lives of your family?
Is there another approach that could be taken by the police without forcing people to prove their innocents and still save lives?