This note examines the United States Supreme Court decision upholding the constitutionality of sobriety roadblocks. The issue facing the Court was whether the initial stop of motorists passing through a sobriety roadblock and the associated preliminary questioning and observation by police officers violated the fourth amendment prohibition against unreasonable searches and seizures. The Court held that the initial stop and questioning at sobriety roadblocks did not violate the fourth amendment. This note analyzes the evolution of suspicionless seizures and concludes that because roadblocks subject drivers to seizure without probable cause or reasonable suspicion, their constitutionality under the fourth amendment is questionable.
College of Law
Northern Illinois University Law Review
Broderick, Jill W.
"Michigan Department of State Police v. Sitz: Suspicionless Seizures and the Fourth Amendment,"
Northern Illinois University Law Review: Vol. 11:
2, Article 4.
Jill W. Broderick, Note, Michigan Department of State Police v. Sitz: Suspicionless Seizures and the Fourth Amendment, 11 N. Ill. U. L. Rev. 349 (1991).