Quality Assurance Standards for the Police

Quality Assurance Standards for the Police

It is infinitely better to have a few good men than many indifferent ones. -GEORGE WASHINGTON, letter to James McHenry, Aug. 10, 1798 Most of us are familiar with quality assurance and quality standards. Whether it is taking the steps to limit defective parts in a manufacturing plant or creating a better user experience for…

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Kombucha Tea and Non-Alcoholic Drinks DUI

Kombucha Tea and Non-Alcoholic Drinks DUI

Can You be Charged with a DUI for Drinking Non-Alcoholic Drinks like Kombucha Tea? Non-alcoholic drinks are classified as those drinks that have an alcohol content of .5%.  There have been some reports that show that the alcohol level in Kombucha tea can be sometimes higher.  Drinks like Kombucha tea and non-alcoholic malts can potentially…

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You can get a DUI for using many common substances

Does a DUI charge only prove you have good hygiene?

One of the reasons I argue against stiffer penalties for DUI is because the technology and testing being used is very inaccurate and there is a high risk that these stiffer penalties will be applied to innocent people.  In one case, a Minnesota man tested positive for alcohol and was sent to jail because this…

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They Get Off on Technicalities but They’re Really Guilty, Aren’t They?

In my travels around the country and around Pennsylvania, I run into a number of people.  One of the most common questions I get is, "You get them off on technicalities but they’re really guilty, aren’t they?" Here’s a question: Have you ever been accused of something you didn’t do? Of course, at one time or…

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Carryover effect part Deux: Autodilution may be part of the problem for false blood results in DUI

Just recently I posted "The Carry-over Effect: Lack of Blanks between tests leads to false positive or inflated BAC results" where we discussed the carry-over effect in Blood testing in DUI cases. One of the possible places for carry-over effect is when an auto-pipetter is used in an autodiluter.  Pennsylvania has some labs that in their…

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The Carryover Effect: Lack of Blanks between tests leads to false positive or inflated BAC results

Imagine. You go into your doctor’s office for a routine physical. As part of that routine physical, the doctor takes your blood. You come back two weeks later where the doctor delivers the single worst sentence you have ever heard in your life: “I’m sorry but you have cancer.” Then comes ever worse news from…

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