Monday, February 27, 2012

Alcohol and Global Regulation

The World Health Organization (WHO) has documented alcohol abuse and has made recommendations on how to reduce alcohol related incidents and death. According to one health policy expert Devi Sridhar, an expert at Oxford University WHO, we should regulate alcohol at a global level. Such enforcements would regulate a minimum drinking age, zero tolerance for drunk drivers, and bans on unlimited drink specials. According to this article from Yahoo news, alcohol kills more than 2.5 million people a year and is the top health risk factor for the middle class. Alcohol ranks as a higher risk factor than obesity, smoking, and inactivity.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Update on Source Code Litigation

            For years prosecutors and defense attorneys in Florida have been battling over the use of breath testing instruments. Defense attorneys have vigorously sought release of the intoxilzyer “source code”. Most judicial circuits in Florida have held that the “source code” is a trade secret and exempt from release. What the source code contains is scientific terms on how these devices gathers and interprets evidence gathered during a breath sample.

            Recently, the 3rd District court of Appeals affirmed a lower courts ruling that the intoxilyzer results cannot be used as “presumptive evidence” of an intoxication until the device’s reliability is revealed and explained. According to this article in Keys News, prosecutors must call expert witnesses to explain how the machine works.