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beNder
06-19-2013, 02:42 PM
(CNN) -- The roadblocks went up on a Friday at several points in two Alabama towns, about 40 miles on either side of Birmingham.

For the next two days, off-duty sheriff's deputies in St. Clair County, to the east, and Bibb County, to the southwest, flagged down motorists and steered them toward federal highway safety researchers. The researchers asked them a few questions about drinking and drug use and asked them for breath, saliva and blood samples -- offering them $10 for saliva and $50 to give blood.

It's not just in Alabama. The roadblocks are part of a national study led by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which is trying to determine how many drivers are on the road with drugs or alcohol in their systems. Similar roadblocks will be erected in dozens of communities across the nation this year, according to the agency.

It's been going on for decades.Previous surveys date to the 1970s. The last one was run in 2007, and it included the collection of blood and saliva samples without apparent controversy, sheriff's spokesmen in both Alabama counties said.

But this time, it's happening as the Obama administration struggles to explain (http://www.preview.cnn.com/2013/06/17/politics/obama-nsa-interview/index.html?hpt=hp_t1) revelations that U.S. spy organizations have been tracking phone and Internet traffic. Against that backdrop, the NHTSA-backed roadblocks have led to complaints in Alabama about an intrusive federal government.

Source (http://www.cnn.com/2013/06/19/us/drug-survey-roadblocks/index.html?hpt=hp_c2)

SuchIsLife
06-19-2013, 08:36 PM
Why the blood samples?

And they pay for them?

In Australia we have booze buses where if you you are found to have alcohol or drugs in your system you must take a blood test (you can refuse but that will bring on a **** storm), you certainly don't get paid for it.

PMI
06-19-2013, 09:09 PM
Why the blood samples?

And they pay for them?

In Australia we have booze buses where if you you are found to have alcohol or drugs in your system you must take a blood test (you can refuse but that will bring on a **** storm), you certainly don't get paid for it.

They aren't sobriety check points. They are data gathering points for the survey. They are offering to buy them because they cannot force the motorists to hand over the samples due to 4th Amendment protections and paying for the samples raises the co-operation rates significantly.

SuchIsLife
06-19-2013, 09:44 PM
Thanks for the clarification.