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The Independent Institute
Working Paper #80

A Brief History of Checkpoints (And What to do About Them)


Imagine driving to the local school to pick up your kids. It’s three o’clock in the afternoon, and the day is unseasonably nice. The sun is shining and your otherwise routine schedule is pleasant enough. You drive around a final corner to reach your destination when you suddenly approach a group of police cars. You abruptly halt and observe several officers standing right in the middle of the street. They signal you to stop. You pull up to the stopping point and roll down your window, wondering what could be happening.


Patrick Adams is a long time libertarian and activist, working to eliminate checkpoints.