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Driving Under the Influence of Distractions

A year after enactment of legislation prohibiting Pennsylvanians from texting or emailing while operating motor vehicles, Duquesne University's Forensic Fridays series will examine the science by which driver impairment from causes other than drug or alcohol toxicity is measured.

DUID: The Science and Law of Driving Under the Influence of Distractions, the second in the five-part series, will delve into questions of legal consistency and enforceability in a state where the use of handheld devices by drivers is still permitted.

The seminar will feature a panel of accident investigators, attorneys and  cognitive scientists, including:

  • Gabriel Alexander, accident investigator for Apex Engineering
  • James Hopson, assistant district attorney for Westmoreland County
  • Carl Parise, criminal defense attorney
  • Dr. Cyril Wecht, forensic pathologist
  • Dr. Wayne Wu of the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition at Carnegie Mellon University.

Forensic Fridays is a continuing legal education (CLE) and professional education series that is geared toward meeting the needs of legal and scientific professionals allied with the practice of forensic science. The series is presented by the Wecht Institute of Forensic Science and Law.

When:   Friday, Feb. 15, from 1 to 4:30 p.m.

Africa Room, Duquesne Union, Duquesne University, 600 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh.

Duquesne University

Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in nine schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.