same here in iowa, trying to find a way not to lay off troopers.Guys, a number of police agencies and local governments are being hit with a crisis involving funding. Illinois State Police announced today that they will be laying off about 400 troopers. A medium sized town, Peoria, Illinois, had to let 16 rookie officers go because of a money crunch. A number of small towns and villages throughout central Illinois are having to do away with their police departments and much of their maintence staff too. Some county governments are finding it very hard to fund their operations. It is very possible that you will see more and more staff reductions or complete shutdowns of police agencies, sewage plants and street departments.
What Houston may be doing is establishing checkpoints not for routine paper examinations but to place officers, what few that they'll have left, in key places so you can go to them to get help. For many years checkpoint placement of police officers was thought to be a way to reduce gasoline/fuel costs. It's a sort of modern version of the old call box phones from back in the early 1900s.
A point I always try to interject is that in the state of Texas, if you are driving along and see a sobriety checkpoint up ahead, you are allowed to stop, turn around, and try to find another avenue that avoids said checkpoint. The police cannot use this evasive driving as a reason to detain you.there are legal and practicle reasons for check points.