Our readers have just notified us of an unlawful SMOG CHECK on Treat & Cowel Rd in Concord. Local law enforcement are out in force today! They are stopping vehicles that are legally registered and unlawfully detaining them for up to 20 minutes to conduct and illegal on site smog check investigation. If you happen to pass this, email us (firstname.lastname@example.org) pictures or video of the event and let’s get the word out so that unsuspecting driver’s are not stopped and harassed.
Let’s hear what our reader wrote:
“While traveling to work today, I came up on a checkpoint at Treat Blvd and Cowell Rd in Concord. I couldn’t believe it! This isn’t an unusual driver’s license or dui checkpoint, this is to check your SMOG. They have the big piece of equipment out there to run the checks and it could take upwards of 20 minutes of delay time to have testing done. Is this protecting and serving the public? What about REAL crimes being committed? I’ve been paying taxes for a long time, but I don’t want to pay for my delay and harassment!”
We have received several emails about this incident and the public isn’t happy. What do you think? Are these illegal? Waste of time and money? Should this be happening on the streets of Concord?
For more information on checkpoints and the legal issues that surrounds them, please visit our DUI Checkpoint Frequently Asked Questions Page!
UPDATE: We’ve got pictures!