Reading man objects to checkpoint survey request

Written by The Associated Press | Dec 17, 2013 12:46 PM
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(Reading) -- A motorist says he felt violated when a private contractor working for the federal government forced him and other motorists off a Berks County street to try to survey them about their driving habits and ask for a swab of their mouth. 

Ricardo Nieves of Reading complained about the checkpoint to City Council. He says he felt it was a ``gross abuse of power.''  

The voluntary checkpoint was conducted by the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation as part of a nationwide survey for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.  

Reading Police Chief William Heim says the checkpoints were voluntary and motorists were under no obligation to take part in the survey or the swab.  

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