WINNIPEG – A run-of-the-mill police checkstop wasn’t so routine for one Winnipegger.
Gerry Richardson, who works for 680 CJOB, was driving late at night recently when he was pulled over.
After telling officers he was sober, Richardson says he was then asked if he would take part in a survey.
“When it’s dark out and the police have a flashlight in your face, you’re really not going to say no to anything they ask you to do.”
Turns out it was a questionnaire for Manitoba Public Insurance that also included a breath test and a saliva sample. Richardson got a $10 gift card for his trouble.
“They asked me if I had anything to drink that night, when was the last time I used heroin, when was the last time I used cocaine, where was I coming from, where am I going to,” Richardson explains. “It was all that kind of thing. There were about 20 questions in all.”
Richardson says his biggest concern now is that MPI has his DNA.
The crown corporation has confirmed that they are collecting baseline data ahead of marijuana legalization, but they insist there is no privacy concern and that they are destroying the data.