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Child, 8, dies from injuries suffered in alleged DUI crash

WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — A young boy who was a passenger in a weekend crash in Warwick has died at the hospital, city police confirm. According to police, 8-year old Jahmeer Valles-Halloway succumbed to his injuries on Wednesday. Police said Valles-Halloway was in a car driven by Justin Preston when they were involved in a head-on collision Sunday night on Warwick Avenue. Investigators allege Preston was drunk when his SUV crossed the center line and struck another vehicle head-on. A 2-year-old child who ... Read More »

Drunk-Driving Simulation Suit

Beer goggles and drunk leg and arm weights – this “drunk-suit” simulates what it feels like to be drunk while you are sober. Ford has teamed up with scientific engineers to create this drunk-suit to teach teens what it feels like to drive drunk. Over one million teens have already been trained with this suit and the training is completely free. At least 28 people a day die from alcohol related car accidents. Ford hopes to make a difference and ... Read More »

Just How Robust is the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus Test?

What does it mean for something to be robust? Some of the synonyms of the word “robust” are strong, sturdy or powerful. In 2007 the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) undertook a study to see just how “robust” or “powerful” the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus Test was in the prediction of blood alcohol levels in humans. The study was titled “The Robustness of the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus Test”, Southern California Research Institute, in conjunction with the U. S. Department of ... Read More »

How Accurate are Field Sobriety Tests?

There are typically three so-called field sobriety tests that Hawaii police officers use when trying to determine if a person is impaired by alcohol.  They were thought up by social scientists pursuant to government grants decades ago.  The science behind them has been examined for years.  There are significant problems.  Besides the fact that many people, completely sober, would fail the tests, the federal government set the bar for employing the tests very low.  The question that was asked was ... Read More »

DECISION ON SCIENTIFIC RELIABILITY OF DRAGER 9510 IN MASSACHUSETTS

After hearing testimony over ten days, Judge Brennan of the Massachusetts district court department issued his decision regarding the defense bar’s challenge to the scientific reliability of the Draeger Alcotest 9510 breathalyzer, first deployed in Massachusetts in June 2012. The defense bar’s motion to exclude breath test results from the 9510 machines as evidence against defendants was allowed in part and denied in part. The court determined that the scope of its inquiry should include: 1) whether the source code ... Read More »

Police: Woman, 23, arrested for DUI after UF student killed, 2 friends hurt in hit-and-run crash

A 23-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence after a car she was driving fatally struck a University of Florida student and hurt two of his friends in a hit-and-run near campus, police said. Officers said three companions were standing at a bus stop in front of the Campus Club Apartments when Damaris Guerrero Garcia ran off the road on Saturday night. Read More »

CLOSING ARGUMENTS AT MASSACHUSETTS HEARING CHALLENGING RELIABILITY OF DRAEGER ALCOTEST 9510 BREATH TEST MACHINES

The hearing regarding the scientific reliability of the Draeger Alcotest 9510 breath test machines concluded with closing arguments on Friday, February 3. The defense bar argued that because the relevant statute states that simply driving with a .08 blood alcohol concentration, as measured by the 9510 machine, is enough for a conviction, regardless of the tolerance an individual driver may have or any effect on their driving, the reliability of the machines should be subject to the highest scrutiny. The ... Read More »

MORE PROBLEMS WITH DRAEGER ALCOTEST 9510 BREATH TEST MACHINES IN MASSACHUSETTS

On Friday, February 3, the final day of hearings regarding the scientific reliability of the Draeger Alcotest 9510 breath test machines, a representative from Draeger testified that a previously unknown error appears to have been caused because the machines were programmed to use an incorrect value during performance checks and calibration. The 9510 machines use two sensors to measure blood alcohol: An infrared sensor, as required by statute, and an electro-chemical fuel cell. During calibration, the measurements of the two ... Read More »

New Tostitos Party Bag Detects Alcohol and Gets You Home Safely

Super Bowl Sunday is fast approaching. In 2015, 45 people were killed on Super Bowl Sunday in drunk-driving accidents. Frito-Lay hopes to reduce the number of impaired drivers on the road this Sunday with their new “Tostitos Party Bag.” A micro-controller installed in the bag detects small traces of alcohol in your breath. After detecting alcohol, the bag will either show a green circle or a red steering wheel depending on whether alcohol is detected. If alcohol is detected the ... Read More »