Spot Checks/Checkpoints

After being stopped at a vehicle checkpoint in Billings, I decided to introduce legislation in the 2015 session to address checkpoints and spot checks. My original intent was to severely limit the practice, but I compromised with law enforcement to put sideboards on existing practice.

The bill passed the House but was tabled in a Senate committee, despite support from the Montana Highway Patrol. In 2017, I was able to sponsor and pass this legislation into law.

Bill highlights:

•Establish when and how roadblocks can be conducted.
•Prohibit prosecution of secondary violations.
•Create guidelines for advance public notification.

The text of the bill can be found here.

The full page about the bill can be found here.