The contractors and off-duty cops conducting these random stops must have been “pro-choice,” because they gave drivers options. The drivers could give officials a sample of their saliva and receive $10; a sample of their blood and receive $50; or at the very least receive a free breath test. I’m wondering if they also offered complimentary colonoscopies or free stool sample analyses. I can think of many people who’d take them up on the latter.
It was on a busy Fort Worth, Texas road that drivers were being directed into a parking lot by contractors with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and off-duty Fort Worth police.
Even though drivers were forced into the parking lot where they were harassed about giving samples of their own bodily fluids, the NHTSA claimed that everything was “100% voluntary” and anonymous. They stated that this was all a part of a study aimed at finding out who was driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol. So, it was for “safety.”
(Yes, I’m very certain it was for “safety.” It’s always about “safety.” They had to subject a New Mexico man to 14 hours of forced colorectal exams also for “safety” reasons.)
If these random stops were “100% voluntary,” did they think that those who were actually driving under the influence would consent to give up samples of their bodily fluids to be tested? That’s what one civil rights attorney in the area brought up, and he also pointed out that in the pamphlet that these contractors were handing out to these submissive drivers, it said that they had already given “passive alcohol sensor readings before the consent process [had] been completed.” So much for “voluntary.”
After the local NBC affiliate in Dallas/Fort Worth picked up this story, a spokesman with the Fort Worth Police Department offered a canned apology:
“We are reviewing the actions of all police personnel involved to ensure that FWPD policies and procedures were followed. We apologize if any of our drivers and citizens were offended or inconvenienced by the NHTSA National Roadside Survey.”
Yeah, I’m so sure that they’re going to review their actions. After their extensive “internal investigation,” they’ll conclude that they didn’t do anything wrong.
And since when do police departments care if citizens are “offended or inconvenienced” by Nazi security checkpoints? Like they care. They’re just trying to get everyone used to being treated like cattle.