National Safety Council Presents Laura Liddicoat with the 2016 Robert F. Borkenstein Award

National Safety Council Presents Laura Liddicoat with the 2016 Robert F. Borkenstein Award

​Itasca, IL – The Alcohol, Drugs and Impairment Division of the National Safety Council has named Laura Liddicoat as the recipient of the 2016 Robert F. Borkenstein Award. Liddicoat is being recognized for her 29 years of work in forensic toxicology at the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene, and for 13 years of service to the Alcohol, Drugs and Impairment Division of the National Safety Council, which she now chairs.

"Laura's passion for saving lives comes through in her work, and her efforts have helped prevent needless tragedies," said Deborah A.P. Hersman, president and CEO of the National Safety Council. "Alcohol impairment remains a significant threat on our roadways, and we need solid research to affect both behavior and policy change. Laura has provided just that, and the Council is proud to recognize her with this prestigious award."

Liddicoat is a nationally renowned expert in blood alcohol analysis, blood drug analysis and interpretation. She provides scientific knowledge and support for drugged driving research and prevention activities to both the Council and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and she has testified in more than 800 alcohol and drug-impaired driving cases. Liddicoat has helped train hundreds of police officers, drug recognition experts, attorneys, coroners, medical examiners, judges and highway safety professionals on forensic toxicological issues. Her legislative work helped Wisconsin pass its Per Se drug-impaired driving law in 2003.

The award, named for Breathalyzer® inventor Robert F. Borkenstein, recognizes individuals who, through a lifetime of service, have made outstanding contributions to the field of alcohol- and drug-related traffic safety. Honorees are selected by professionals involved in the Alcohol, Drugs, and Impairment Division, which is managed by the National Safety Council.

Ms. Liddicoat will be recognized at a reception on Feb. 21 in Las Vegas.


About the National Safety Council

Founded in 1913 and chartered by Congress, the National Safety Council,, is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to save lives by preventing injuries and deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the road through leadership, research, education and advocacy. NSC advances this mission by partnering with businesses, government agencies, elected officials and the public in areas where we can make the most impact – distracted driving, teen driving, workplace safety, prescription drug overdoses and Safe Communities.

About the NSC Alcohol, Drugs and Impairment Division

The Alcohol, Drug and Impairment Division is comprised of professionals at National Safety Council member companies that are involved in toxicology and drug testing. The Division is active in making recommendations to control the impaired driving problem including legislation, enforcement, education and other countermeasure programs. Division members are not employed by the National Safety Council, but support the Council's mission to save lives and prevent injuries. 

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