February 6, 2013
Emboldened by years of “sobriety” checkpoints and a lackluster citizen response to serial violations of the Fourth Amendment, the Florida Highway Patrol will enforce expanded efforts at revenue enhancement this month.
“According to Public Affairs Office Sgt. Steve Gaskins, troopers will be looking for worn tires, bad brakes and lighting defects, in addition to driver’s license laws,” reports Hernando Today .
In the past, cops usually set-up checkpoints in the evening and the wee hours of the morning to flush out drivers who dared drink alcohol and drive. Over they years, the alcohol level permissible by the state fell to a point where half a beer will get a citizen-subject thrown in the hoosegow and indebted for years to the system and its revenue enhancement apparatus.
Now the revenue enhancement game in Florida has found a new crop of victims – folks driving cars not up to standards set by government or in violation of its byzantine documentation rules. It’s a win-win situation for the state guaranteed to add millions of dollars to their depleted coffers to pay for an ever-expanding array of government programs and the generous pensions of a swollen class of retired bureaucrats.
Left unchecked, of course, the state will go to absurd lengths to expropriate more and more money from hapless victims. The truly sad part is the lack of outrage on the part of citizens who are treated like cash cows by government and are told they must surrender the Fourth Amendment at roadblocks manned by cops and – more and more frequently – military personnel .