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- 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.
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"It was all voluntary. Nobody was made to participate or anything like that," Lawrence said. "They could just answer the little 10 survey questions and then leave, or they could answer the questions and give the mouth sample, or they could do it all."

Voluntary? How voluntary is it when a driver is apparently required to answer the 10 questions?

I don't use drugs of any kind (including alcohol) but I'd still tell them to blow it out their @$$.


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Well it's "voluntary" when they can simply drive away after declining to participate. Which is reported in the piece.
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Sounds to me like some law enforcement agencies have decided to exploit the weak minded drug users a little further.

It has been true for years that many drivers give permission to search their vehicle when stopped, even though drugs and drug paraphernalia are readily evident in the vehicle!!

Drives defense attorneys insane, but at the same time keeps many of them employed.  Not to mention all the LEOs and Court personnel involved.  Can be looked at as economic stimulus, I suppose.

These folks are just widening the net a bit!


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Seems like a waste of time to me. Are there no crimes being committed in Alabama?

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Well it's "voluntary" when they can simply drive away after declining to participate. Which is reported in the piece.

The part I quoted implies a driver has to answer the 10 questions when stopped even if the rest is declined.

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Strikes me that would should be "voluntary" is the initial stop. By what authority are these off duty deputies setting up a roadblock?

Maybe the better model are those charity car washes? Have some roadside signs and allow passing motorists to choose whether they will interrupt their travels in the first place. Then there's no imposition at all.

Heck have schools run it and give them the money. I expect the cheer squads would do a better job of getting good numbers of participants when it came down to it.
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the cheer squads would do a better job

So signs saying "Voluntary Traffic Survey" held by nubile young virgins in skimpy clothing?


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the cheer squads would do a better job

So signs saying "Voluntary Traffic Survey" held by nubile young virgins in skimpy clothing?

Exactly.

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Heck even nubile young offduty deputies, just not erecting a roadblock....
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