Archive for August, 2006

Roadblocks: Are Sobriety Checkpoints Effective?

Sunday, August 20th, 2006 Posted in Studies | 1 Comment »

"Sobriety checkpoints", better known as roadblocks, might not be reducing the number of "alcohol-related" fatalities on the nation's highways. A recent study found that states that do not have sobriety ... Read more..

Urine Tests: False Positive Results for Drugs

Monday, August 14th, 2006 Posted in Urine Test | No Comments »

Substances that cause False Positive Drug Test Results THC - Substances or Conditions which can cause false positives Dronabinol (Marinol) Ibuprofen; (Advil, Nuprin, Motrin, Excedrin IB etc) Ketoprofen (Orudis KT) Kidney infection (Kidney disease, diabetes) ... Read more..

Bloodshot Eyes: Under the Influence of Alcohol or Allergies

Friday, August 11th, 2006 Posted in PC for arrest, Studies | 3 Comments »

Besides the ubiquitous "odor of alcohol," perhaps the most common observation an officer will recite as an indicator of being under the influence of alcohol will be "bloodshot eyes." It ... Read more..

Blood and Urine tests for Methamphetamine

Friday, August 11th, 2006 Posted in Blood Test, Chemical Test, Urine Test | No Comments »

     If a person has taken methamphetamine, that individual should also have its metabolite amphetamine in his or her system. In other words, levels of both methamphetamine and amphetamine should ... Read more..

MADD & NHTSA Cook the Numbers on DUI Fatalities

Thursday, August 10th, 2006 Posted in Studies | No Comments »

For more than two decades NHTSA and MADD have justified the erosion of Constitutional rights and ever more severe punishment for DUI defendants by claiming there is carnage on our ... Read more..

Albuterol Inhaler: Impact on a Breath Test

Wednesday, August 9th, 2006 Posted in Breath Tests | No Comments »

Medicine administered to an individual that alters airways and alveolar sacs changes the 2100:1 ratio used in breath alcohol testing. A blood test would be the appropriate test to request ... Read more..

Military Consequences of a DUI

Monday, August 7th, 2006 Posted in Collateral Consequences of a DUI Conviction | 2 Comments »

Military Consequences/Actions for Incident Off-Post Savannah attorney and retired JAG officer Doug Andrews has prepared this list of common actions that the military may inflict on the soldier (and probably the ... Read more..

Breath Test After Airbag Deployment.

Monday, August 7th, 2006 Posted in Breath Tests | No Comments »

Dr. Ronald Henson was kind enough to share this with us. The Tyndall Effect is at issue for drivers involved in accidents in which the air bag device was deployed. The ... Read more..

Breath Test with Blood in the Mouth

Sunday, August 6th, 2006 Posted in Breath Tests | No Comments »

Dr. Ronald Henson has shared the following observations about breath testing of individuals who have blood in their mouths, usually following a traffic accident. If blood is found in the mouth ... Read more..

Portable Breath Test : the Alco-Sensor

Sunday, August 6th, 2006 Posted in Breath Tests, PBT's | No Comments »

The PBT is recommended for use after the field sobriety tests, although an officer will frequently employ before other FST's, which fundamentally prejudices his evaluation of the other tests. Administration ... Read more..

The Odor of Alcohol: Enough to Arrest?

Sunday, August 6th, 2006 Posted in Studies | No Comments »

Police may not be able to detect the odor of alcohol on the breath of drivers who are pulled over for investigation, a recently reported study shows. The odor of an ... Read more..

Facts About Field Sobriety Tests that NHTSA Does Not Publicize

Saturday, August 5th, 2006 Posted in Field Sobriety Tests | 2 Comments »

  The three-test battery of Standardized Field Sobriety Tests has been promoted by NHTSA over the past twenty years and has been adopted by all fifty states.  In three highly publicized "validation ... Read more..

HGN and Tharp’s Equation

Saturday, August 5th, 2006 Posted in Field Sobriety Tests | No Comments »

Tharps Equation is used in the DRE (drug recognition expert) protocol to determine whether or not alcohol is the cause of the observed nystagmus. In another words, it "rules" out ... Read more..

Impact of a DUI on a Coast Guard Operator’s License

Saturday, August 5th, 2006 Posted in Collateral Consequences of a DUI Conviction | No Comments »

The majority of the towing, salvage, and marine assistance industry's members hold Coast Guard-issued licenses for various types of vessels, routes, and sizes. Most of the operators are familiar with ... Read more..

Judge Arrested for DUI Gets Revenge.

Saturday, August 5th, 2006 Posted in DUI Arrests That Made the News | No Comments »

This article appeared on the website of Channel 9 News in Denver. DENVER (AP) - The Colorado State Patrol says it is working with the state attorney general's office to determine ... Read more..

Blood Tests: Why a Hospital Test is Suspect.

Friday, August 4th, 2006 Posted in Blood Test, Chemical Test | No Comments »

Hospital laboratory testing of serum alcohol involves use of the enzymatic method. The enzyme kits do not measure alcohol directly. They oxidize alcohol to acetaldehyde by the reduction of NAD+ ... Read more..

Gastric Bypass Surgery

Friday, August 4th, 2006 Posted in Health Issues | 18 Comments »

     A 36-year old female gastric bypass patient left a party after having only two alcoholic beverages, drove her car into oncoming traffic, causing the death of a 12-year old ... Read more..