Saturday, June 14, 2014

"Voluntarily hand over your papers, bitte"

NHTSA's Voluntary Roadside Blood-And-Saliva Survey Heads To Seattle With A Much Greater Emphasis On 'Voluntary' | Techdirt
Although it's already been burned twice for its intrusive, not-mandatory-but-it-sure-looks-that-way "roadside surveys," the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) isn't letting a lot of bad press, a lawsuit and a Congressional investigation slow down its blood-and-saliva collections. After two straight debacles (Texas and Pennsylvania), the NHTSA is headed to Seattle in hopes of gauging the effects of newly-legal weed on the driving population.
I confess that part of me sees the point of seeing if Washingtonian hipsters are driving while baked, what with weed being legal here now, but still...

OTOH, in WA a "traffic checkpoint" is only legal if it stops every single vehicle passing through it. I can't see doing that to ask people to voluntarily submit to a breathalyser and a blood draw.

And I really doubt people will believe them when they say that no identifying information, including license plate numbers, will be collected.

By the way, a few years ago WA started requiring us to get new plates every 7 years, because older ones aren't readable by traffic cameras.

1 comment:

NotClauswitz said...

When do they start installi0ng RFID chips in the license plates?