Red flags raised after local drivers asked for DNA samples at police checkpoint

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by Matt Sczesny

KMOV.com

Posted on December 10, 2013 at 12:19 AM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 18 at 10:35 AM

 (KMOV) --Drivers in St. Charles County were asked to take part in a government survey that involved the odd request of blood and saliva samples.

One driver who emailed News 4 said a deputy and others dressed in safety vests directed drivers to take part and answer questions about alcohol and driving.

The study is being conducted by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration and is supposed to be voluntary.  Constitutional Law attorney Bob Herman said the study does raise some red flags.

“At the point at which a uniformed officer asserts his authority and makes you drive your car off the road or pull over to the side, that is starting to look like government intimidation,” said Herman.  

The St. Charles County Sheriff’s Department confirms two off duty deputies were at the survey providing site security.

The NHTSA says they’ve been doing this drug and alcohol survey for 40 years and this year it’s being carried out in 60 communities around the country.

The survey was conducted in St Louis during two days in September.

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