Canales questions the legality and legitimacy of checkpoints.

Valley lawmaker questions DPS checkpoints

Sergio Chapa, The Monitor

A Rio Grande Valley lawmaker is questioning a series of random checkpoints that have created fear among rural Hidalgo County residents.

Texas State Rep. Terry Canales (D-Edinburg) submitted a list of questions about the checkpoints to Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Executive Director Steve McGraw.

DPS announced two weeks ago that it would be deploying a surge of state troopers to the Valley in order to improve several public safety issues.

The agency said it would be setting up checkpoints on state roadways to check motorists for driver licenses, auto insurance and vehicle registration.


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