Tagged: Drink Driving

Alcohol interlocks are coming…. - Forensic Scientist

Anna Sandiford Aug 17, 2012

I read today in my.lawsociety (NZ Law Society publication) that ordering the fitting of alcohol interlocks to vehicles owned by people convicted of drink driving is going to be an option available to the NZ courts as of 10 September this year.  An alcohol interlock operates in a similar manner to a breathalyser in that (read more) … Read More

Mouth alcohol 2/interfering substances - Forensic Scientist

Anna Sandiford Mar 21, 2011

OK, so alcohol can get lodged in dental plates but is there anything else that can adversely affect an evidential breath alcohol reading? I’ve had another two queries about this, so I thought I’d add a bit more information. Some sprays, such as nitrolingual sprays used to assist with certain heart conditions, and some asthma [...] … Read More

Cooking with Alcohol - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Oct 24, 2010

The Herald has kicked off it’s “Two Drinks Max” campaign today. Just what we need – more emotional heat and less rationality. I don’t have any problem with the somewhat simplistic “Two Drinks Max”. If people want to pledge themselves to this; more power to them. However, I do object to the dishonest way the [...] Related posts: … Read More

Driven to Drink - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Sep 22, 2010

I see the Herald seeks to stoke the hysterical debate on the legal limit of blood alcohol. I have noticed that these OIA requests come in really handy for revisiting a story a couple of months after it is dead. Of course, it really is too much effort to find some actual news, instead of [...] Related posts: … Read More

Wobbling into the road after a night at the pub…. - Forensic Scientist

Anna Sandiford Jul 26, 2010

Once again, alcohol-related stories are all over the media (Drunk driver haunted by night of shame; Joyce to review drink-driving loophole; ‘Humiliated’ barrister to plead guilty to drink-driving; Car death: ‘Any other kid, you’d be in jail’).  All of these cases, and most of the alcohol-related cases that are reported in the media, contain stories [...] … Read More

Categories of ’drunk’ - Forensic Scientist

Anna Sandiford Apr 13, 2010

There has been much comment in the media and on Sciblogs about the effects (or not) of a lowering in drink driving “accidents” (although the Road traffic Police in England refer to them as ‘avoidable incidents’, because they are; there’s nothing accidental about them) as the result of a reduction in the NZ blood alcohol [...] … Read More

Fit To Drive - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Apr 10, 2010

Once more the media appear to be wading in to the campaign to lower the legal driving limit for blood alcohol to 0.05%. Strangely, they quote the recent spate of road traffic fatalities as if this somehow bolsters their argument. This is simply lazy journalism. There is plenty of evidence that lowering the legal Blood [...] Related posts: … Read More

Drinking, driving and Maltese(rs) - Forensic Scientist

Anna Sandiford Apr 09, 2010

Lowering the NZ drink drive limit to 50 milligrams alcohol/100 ml blood is big news this week. Will the government do it? Is that low enough? Should we do as the Maltese do (according to Google anyway) and have a zero blood alcohol level for driving? I’ve written reports for a couple of [...] … Read More

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