This four-day class (32 hours) presents scientific principles useful for understanding effects that alcohol can have on a person's ability to operate a motor vehicle safely. Topics to be addressed include: a) Overview of value and purpose of forensic alcohol analysis; b) Pharmacology, toxicology, and physiology of alcohol; c) Widmark hypothesis; d) Impairment; e) Field sobriety tests; f) Legal aspects of alcohol analysis; g) Common courtroom challenges; h) A practical drinking correlation experiment; i) Hypothetical questions regarding drinking scenarios.
Lectures, discussions, demonstrations, drinking/correlation experiments.
Students will understand better how impairment relates to blood alcohol concentration; absorption, distribution and elimination of alcohol in humans; the design and execution of drinking/correlation experiments; how California regulations address alcohol and impaired drivers.
Competence with forensic analysis of alcohol in blood, breath and urine. Familiarity with chemical properties of alcohol, general physiology, and legal statutes regulating driving with alcohol.
Pre-class reading material may be assigned.
No cost to California public laboratory personnel. A $480.00 tuition fee will be required for all other public agencies, private sector, or out of state applications. Checks may be made payable to CA State Department of Justice.