11/20/2013

Texas drivers at roadblock asked for saliva, blood

Fort Worth police have apologized for their role in the federal survey

By Scott Gordon
NBC DFW

FORT WORTH — Some drivers along a busy Fort Worth street on Friday were stopped at a 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.

Fort Worth police earlier said they could not immediately find any record of officer involvement but police spokesman Sgt. Kelly Peel said Tuesday that the department's Traffic Division coordinated with the NHTSA on the use of off-duty officers after the agency asked for help with the survey.

"We apologize if any of our drivers and citizens were offended or inconvenienced by the NHTSA National Roadside Survey."

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