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Friday, July 01, 2011

Holiday Travel, The Police, And You

Of course you KNOW they are out there.

Hey folks,

Happy Friday to ya. Yes, the 4th of July is this Monday. This means: A, a three day Weekend for most. B, Families and friends getting together. C, Picnics and BBQs. Alcohol and Fireworks. A Party and Celebration of our Freedoms and Independence as a Nation. God Bless the USA.

That is all great. I'll be attended a FEW of these myself this Weekend. From Freedom Fest, to backyard BBQs, to Friends and Family get togethers. I'm sure that in a couple of these, Adult Beverages will be offered.

Now we can talk about the dangers and wisdom of getting drunk and playing with explosives another time. {Smile} But what I want to talk about is Holiday Travel, The Police, and YOU.

We all know that they are out there. No. They are not out there looking for YOU. John Smith, Jane Doe. They do not know your name, or where you have been. They are out their doing their Jobs, and attempting to keep YOU safe.

However, if YOU decide to be reckless, or careless, and YOU decide to Drink and Drive, then YOU will bring upon yourself, a possible VERY BAD DAY. However also, if you do NOT Drink and Drive, YOU will still be sharing the Road with others, and you will still be subject to traffic delays and tie ups at Check Points and Roadblocks. Well there is a Website that can help you out with Traffic Planning. This is from Gary Biller, Executive Director, National Motorists Association.

Website Publishes Holiday Travel Information That Apple And RIM Won't

Waunakee, WI (MMD Newswire) June 29, 2011 - - In the weeks leading up to one of the busiest travel weekends of the year, Apple and Research in Motion (Blackberry) have been pressured by the US government to ban apps that warn motorists about the location of roadblocks. However, America's motorists haven't been completely abandoned.

The Roadblock Registry (http://www.roadblock.org/) --- a project developed and supported by the National Motorists Association--- has for many years published roadblock locations submitted by the driving public. The comments accompanying the listings are seldom flattering. They describe long inconvenient delays, officious interrogations, warrantless searches, dangerous traffic obstructions, racial profiling, and contentious traffic stops for "eluding" police when legally avoiding a roadblock.

Gary Biller, Executive Director of the National Motorists Association, noted, "Even a brief stop can be an intimidating event for average law-abiding citizens. Why wouldn't any rational person want to avoid a police roadblock?

"This kind of harassment seems ironic, given the onset of the Fourth of July holiday, a national celebration of our country's independence and enshrinement of individual freedoms. I don't think that being grilled by armed strangers, or having your personal effects scrutinized and searched by government personnel under the presumption of guilt rather than innocence is quite what the signers of the Declaration of Independence had in mind in 1776."

The National Motorists Association also runs The National Speed Trap Exchange (http://www.speedtrap.org/), a popular site which lists over 75,000 locations where tickets are likely to be handed out. As with the Roadblock Registry, information regarding specific enforcement locations is free for site visitors.

Motorists who check out both the Roadblock Registry and The National Speed Trap Exchange before they embark on their holiday travel plans will have a much more enjoyable and hassle-free experience.

Contact:
Gary Biller, Executive Director
National Motorists Association,
Do the right thing out there folks, you will not have to worry about it. But if you also do not want to get caught up in the Traffic, this may be a good tool for your Preparation. I just checked out some of my old stomping grounds, and they seem to be right on the money.

Have a great LONG Weekend folks. Be well, be safe, don't Drink and Drive. See you SUNDAY!
Peter

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