I’ll be traveling to spend the holidays with my parents. For all those who are traveling, drive safely – don’t take any chances, and if you get tired, pull over and take a nap. Tired driving is probably the worst impairment for driving out there.
With the holidays, the roads will also be heavily patrolled. If you do get stopped and the officer wants to look through your car, just say “I don’t consent to searches.” Remember that consenting to a search is extremely un-American.
Consenting to a search shows your disregard for the Constitution and your willingness to undermine important principles within it. When you consent, you are saying that you want to suspend the Constitution for a bit. That’s unacceptable.
Consenting to a search also wastes taxpayer dollars in a period of budget crisis by taking up the time of an employee who should be working on protecting and serving rather than digging through your trunk.
Consenting to a search is also stupid on a practical level. Officers are generally not required to fix anything they break while searching your car, and if you’ve ever given a ride to someone else and something fell out of their pocket into the seat cushion, the officers are probably not going to believe that you didn’t know anything about it.
For more useful tips on your rights, get 10 Rules for Dealing with Police, which is advertised on the lower right side of this page.
Happy and safe holidays to you all!