Checkpoints. I am very happy that our council voted in it's favor and this is the first chance I've had to add my 2 cents. What I'm not fully understanding is why so many have made this an issue other than what it is. Plain and simple...it's a safety issue. Legislated laws that are in place to protect me and mine. You and yours.
I am 1/2 Latina. My first language was not English. But because I was educated by my immigrant grandparents that I must obey laws, I today have a valid driver's license, my car is insured and registered. My passengers are buckled up and if they are littles, they are in the car seat. I also understand that if I drink and drive...I just might be breaking the law. So guess what? I don't drink and drive. How do I know all of this?? Because I'm just a raving beauty? Awww...that would be a no. I do believe that I know all of this, because I was educated to these very important facts. At a very early age education has been an important part of life for me.
These rules that we live by are necessary for our survival. They are in place for all who want to take advantage of this wonderful society we call America. It matters not what color our skin, our choice of religion, or language that we speak. What does matter to me is that we have a system in place to protect me and my family. A system in place that is there to protect you and yours.
We will achieve nothing by waving warning placards or making videos. If any group feels so strong that checkpoints are there only to discriminate against certain ethnic populations, perhaps all that strong energy could be channeled in a more positive way. Educate, reach out and educate. The more you educate about our legislated laws, the less in jeopardy they will place themselves.
Get one of the churches to have a table or booth at the checkpoints for those that find themselves without transportation home and provide that transportation for them.
When I clean up my property the morning after one of these checkpoints and I see the beer bottles that have been flung up against my fence, and find drugs in my bushes...I do get really mad. But I also find comfort in knowing that just maybe that person or persons did not continue on their way that night and harm someone or someones child.