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Mitchell v. State – A13A0035 – Roadblocks: safety concerns are okay

In Mitchell v. State, A13A0035, April 30, 2013, the Georgia Court of Appeals held affirming the Dublin Georgia Laurens County Trial Court ruling in this Marijuana case that “for safety reasons and sobriety purposes” is a legitimate primary purpose for a Roadblock under Georgia and Federal law which had previously been limited to license checks, sobriety checkpoints, and seatbelt checks in the non-emergency context and had specifically excluded general crime deterrence.  Safety reasons sound like general crime deterrence but are not.

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