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Crossing the line

Roadside survey of impaired driving causes outcry

February 21, 2014

READING — Orange cones and flashing police lights confronted Ricardo Nieves as he rounded a bend on the way to his mother’s house....

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Feb-21-14 6:16 AM

This methodology is clearly wrong.

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Feb-21-14 7:48 AM

We need to stand up and tell these people where to shove their survey.

The government is using the mere presence of police officers to frighten people into compliance. And offering money for a cheek swab? Not on your life.

The first words out of your mouth should be "why am I being detained", and then "am I free to go", in that order. No cheek swab, no answering questions, nothing.

If they want to do a survey about drugged driving, make it truly voluntary. Set up at a rest stop on the interstate, with a table with literature and allow people to choose whether they will participate.

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Feb-21-14 8:18 AM

More heavy handed government tactics. Folks, we are headed to a police state if we don't reign in the government. This government, and it started long before the current White House occupant, has gotten so high on power that they just don't care if they trample the rights of the citizens. All in the name of something that sounds good. Remember the creation of Homeland Security? That sounded good too, but now we have a government that has just said they are not deleting communications as they originally promised.

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Feb-21-14 9:29 AM

Another example of how MADD has infringed on the rights of the citizenry.

Forced self-incrimination, DUI checkpoints, and coercive surveys....all stemming from good intentions... but clearly heavy-handed.

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Feb-21-14 10:55 AM

It is a complete invasion---I am interested to know how many motorists over the age of 70 are asked to pull over. Talk about impaired driving??? What are the implications of prescription drug taken by the elderly MADD???

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Feb-21-14 1:00 PM

The Founders are rolling in their graves.

"Mr. Franklin, will you hitch your horse over here, please? Oh, no, your riding was fine, we just need a sample of your bodily fluids to prove you aren't drunk, even though we have no reason to suspect you are. Then again, you ARE the one who said, 'Beer is proof God loves us and wants us to be happy,' aren't you? Step this way please....."

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Feb-23-14 9:40 AM

I would have them arrested for harassment. Infringing on other peoples rights is a federal crime.

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