Standard Spotlight: Forensic Toxicology Testing of Blood in Impaired Driving


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Source: Teresa Ambrosius, ASB Secretariat

ANSI/ASB Standard 120, First Edition, 2021

The newest standard from the American National Standards Institute/Academy Standards Board (ANSI/ASB), The Standard for the Analytical Scope and Sensitivity of Forensic Toxicological Testing of Blood in Impaired Driving Investigations, First Edition, 2021, sets a new critical precedent in impaired driving investigations.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA’s) 2013–2014 National Roadside Survey showed 8.3% of weekend nighttime drivers were alcohol positive and 22.5% were drug positive, with 15.2% of those representing illegal drugs. Standardization of this testing will improve the detection of drugs and will provide higher-quality data for public health and traffic safety professionals to develop appropriate strategies to combat this problem. Marijuana was included in the illegal drug category for this survey.

More information on this paramount forensic standard can be found on the ASB website. The American Academy of Forensic Sciences invites relevant groups to help in the growth of this standard through the reach of your communications.