The Supreme Court
has ruled that police can set up random roadblocks to gather information from
motorists about recent crimes, media outlets reported this week.
The case involved a
roadblock in Illinois in 1997 in which police stopped cars at an intersection
seeking information about a fatal hit-and-run accident. A driver stopped at the
roadblock sued after he was arrested for drunken driving.
The court ruled 6-3
that the type of roadblock used during the incident in Lombard, IL, a suburb of
Chicago, did not violate drivers’ right to privacy and was a valid way for
law-enforcement officers to seek the assistance of the public.