DWI and Information Roadblocks – Illinois v. Lidster

On January 13th, the United States Supreme Court decided Illinois v. Lidster. This case involved a police road block which had been established in order to interview motorists about a crime that had occurred in the area recently. The defendant was the operator of one of the vehicles that was stopped. He was found to be intoxicated.

The court held that while roadblocks that are established strictly for crime control purposes are generally unreasonable (e.g. stopping vehicles in an effort to find secreted drugs), a roadblock established for the limited purpose of gathering information related to a crime is reasonable under the Fourth Amendment.

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