BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – In an interview on June 11, Governor Robert Bentley responded to CBS42’s story about blood and saliva being collected at road blocks in St. Clair County and Bibb County.
Drivers were stopped and asked to voluntarily provide blood and mouth swabs to be tested for drugs and alcohol.
Governor Bentley’s question was the same question CBS42 posed.
He ordered an inquiry into the road blocks.
The results of those questions were released in an executive summary of the checkpoints and road blocks in both counties.
Spencer Collier, Secretary of Law Enforcement, conducted the investigation.
Information from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration was requested.
The Alabama Department of Forensic Science then reviewed the information.
In the summary, the NHTSA was asked if anyone in Alabama authorized the program, what was the purpose of the checkpoint, were the samples given voluntarily, were they used for DNA analysis and what was the state’s involvement in the survey?
According to the investigation, the state did not authorize the program.
Law enforcement was contacted by the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs.
Local officers, not state officers, were the ones who participated in the roadblocks.
Samples were sent to the Pacific Institute of Research and Evaluation.
No DNA analysis was performed.
The program was made possible by a grant from the NHTSA, not the state.
Drivers were not pressured to participate and were paid for their cooperation.
All samples that were taken remained anonymous.
The full summary can be found by clicking here.
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