Tomorrow the Senate Business and Transportation Committee will be hearing Senate Bill 13 ( https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2015R1/Downloads/MeasureDocument/SB13/Introduced). This bill will authorize warrantless stops of vehicles in the name of "sobriety checkpoints."
The Oregon Constitution says : "No law shall violate the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses,papers, and effects, against unreasonable search, or seizure; and no warrant shall issue but upon probable cause, supported by oath, or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the person or thing to be seized."
This bill is calling for a Constitutional Amendment to change that to allow warrantless roadblocks, a dangerous precedent for all Oregonians with current overreaches of police forces everywhere.
Please contact the members of the Senate Business and Transportation Committee and expression your objection to any bill that allows you to be stopped by the police arbitrarily when there is no indication of any wrong doing on your part.
Contact them here:
A sample message follows:
I strongly object to any legislation that would limit or erode my rights under the Oregon Constitution to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures. SB 13, in conjunction with SJR 3, would do just that. I urge you to oppose those measures in committee and in every step of the process.