The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said it will revise how it conducts a research program on driving under the influence after the program was criticized by members of Congress.
The administration has decided to stop using an air sampler of drivers’ alcohol use in the national roadside survey to make sure they get the driver’s consent first. Additionally, they are emphasizing that they will only collect data from participants who are willing to participate and that all data is anonymous.
NHTSA uses the research to develop programs for the prevention and reduction of unsafe behaviors and to promote safe driving habits. The surveys have been conducted for 40 years and are completely optional. Drivers are asked to give a saliva sample or cheek swab and can be paid up to $50 for their participation.
Nonetheless, some members of Congress believe that motorists are not properly informed and believe they are driving into a DUI checkpoint. According to Acting Administrator David Friedman, a quarter of participants drive off without participating. Additionally, a large orange sign is present emphasizing that the survey is voluntary and not a police checkpoint.
Drivers who are intoxicated are not stopped or arrested although off-duty police often help with the survey to ensure the safety of participants. The surveys will continue, but it is likely that drivers will not be more informed about them.
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