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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.

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