If you’re located in Washington State and are in need of extra cash, you may be able to fill your wallets by volunteering to get pulled over for a roadside drug and alcohol test.
Getting paid to get pulled over at a DUI checkpoint? This sounds unusual.
However, for the Pacific Research Institute (PIRE) and other agencies, this tactic may serve to be beneficial as they aim to gather information on the number of impaired drivers on Washington roads.
PIRE is currently seeking approval from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission to conduct voluntarily roadside alcohol and drug surveys. Ideally for PIRE, a driver would agree to get pulled over and submit to a BAC test. The driver would receive $50 for a blood sample, $10 for a saliva sample and $5 if they take a paper and pencil survey.
While many details still need to be ironed out, a driver taking this survey would be able to leave at any time, unless they are too drunk to drive. If this were the case, transportation would be provided. It is uncertain if police would be alerted about a drunk driver. However, PIRE has put in a request for officers to be present at these checkpoints and has agreed to pay officers overtime.
PIRE stated that Washington authorities do seem interested in conducting this survey, especially on the heels of the privatization of alcohol and the legalization of marijuana. However, the program still needs the go-ahead from Washington transportation officials.
“Many details need to be worked through,” the Washington Traffic Safety Commission stated on their website.
Unlike other states, Washington does not implement DUI checkpoints to nab drunk drivers.