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Texas Fort Worth Roadblocks Seeking Blood & Saliva Samples

Discussion in 'Checkpoint & Roadblock Information: State by State' started by M, Nov 19, 2013.

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    NBC DFW: North Texas Drivers Stopped at Roadblock Asked for Saliva, Blood: Federal survey aimed at determining number of drunk, impaired drivers (Nov 19 2013)

    Some drivers along a busy North Fort Worth street on Friday were stopped at police roadblock and directed into a parking lot, where they were asked by federal contractors for samples of their breath, saliva and even blood.


    It was part of a government research study aimed at determining the number of drunken or drug-impaired drivers.


    "It just doesn't seem right that you can be forced off the road when you're not doing anything wrong," said Kim Cope, who said she was on her lunch break when she was forced to pull over at the roadblock on Beach Street.


    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which is spending $7.9 million on the survey over three years, said participation was "100 percent voluntary" and anonymous.


    But Cope said it didn't feel voluntary to her -- despite signs saying it was.


    "I gestured to the guy in front that I just wanted to go straight, but he wouldn't let me and forced me into a parking spot," she said.


    Once parked, she couldn't believe what she was asked next.

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    She said she felt trapped.


    "I finally did the Breathalyzer test just because I thought that would be the easiest way to leave," she said, adding she received no money.

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