People were confused Friday when Fort Worth police ordered them off a busy street to collect blood and saliva samples for a nationwide survey.
Some contacted the Star-Telegram, seeking an explanation. A reporter checked with police to find out what was going on, but at first, officials didn't know what he was asking about.
Over the weekend, however, things became more clear.
Turns out the National Roadside Survey of Alcohol and Drug Use By Drivers was being conducted in Fort Worth, and off-duty officers were assisting at a checkpoint on North Beach Street.
Columnist Bud Kennedy reports that motorists were asked "to pull into a parking lot, give a cheek swab and volunteer for a blood or breath test. Those who agreed were paid $10 to $50."
Those who didn’t could leave after a short interview, but according to Bud, "nobody was given the choice to just not stop."
Police officials apologized if anyone was offended.
-- Bill Miller