August 8, 1988
Olympic diving silver medalist Bruce Kimball had a blood-alcohol level of .20, twice the legal limit, when his car crashed into a group of teen-agers and killed two people, according to the Tampa Tribune. The newspaper said a state crime laboratory officials told Hillsborough (Fla.) County authorities by telephone that Kimball's blood-alcohol level was .20 immediately after the accident. Florida law presumes a person to be intoxicated with a reading of .10.
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December 17, 2012 |
Herbert Moskowitz, an experimental psychologist whose pioneering research on the effects of alcohol and drugs on driving helped produce standardized field sobriety tests and pushed policymakers to set lower legal limits for intoxicated driving in the U.S. and elsewhere, has died. He was 87. A former professor at UCLA and Cal State L.A., Moskowitz died Nov. 21 at his home in Encino of complications from leukemia, his son, Ivan, said. With a background in physics as well as psychology, Moskowitz devised rigorous experiments, including the early use of driving simulators, that demonstrated drivers' growing impairment as they consumed increasing amounts of alcohol.
December 30, 1989
Brad Beckman, 22, the Atlanta Falcons player killed Dec. 18 when the car in which he was a passenger was hit by a truck on Interstate 85, had a blood alcohol level of 0.22 when he died, more than twice the 0.10 level for being considered drunk by legal standards.
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June 4, 1993
A group of high school students, politicians and civic groups announced support this week for state legislation that would bar those under age 21 from driving after drinking any amount of alcohol. But law enforcement officials and civil libertarians said they opposed the proposal, contending that it is unnecessary and would create pointless work for police. Sponsored by state Sen. Quentin L.
March 4, 1998 |
With a photo of a 9-year-old girl killed by a drinking driver as backdrop, President Clinton endorsed a stricter 0.08% blood-alcohol limit for drivers. The dead girl's mother, Brenda Frazier of Maryland, joined Clinton. Her daughter, Ashley, was killed by a man whose blood-alcohol level was 0.08%, legally sober in Maryland and 34 other states, which use 0.10%.