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Itasca, IL, Jan. 27, 2015 – The Alcohol, Drugs and Impairment Division of the National Safety Council has named Dr. Richard Compton as the recipient of the 2015 Robert F. Borkenstein Award. Working for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for more than 35 years, Dr. Compton has contributed to research on human factors and action programs to reduce injury and death caused by alcohol and drug-impaired driving.
Dr. Compton first began his career at NHTSA as a Research Psychologist, and since 2002 has been the Director of the Office of Behavioral Safety Research. Throughout his career, he has authored and published more than 60 reports, papers and articles on transportation safety. His alcohol and drug- impaired driving research includes evaluations of new technologies and examinations of the effectiveness of sanctions, enforcement, public information and education campaigns.
An international leader in the area of drugged driving, Dr. Compton has also examined the impairing effects of a range of legal and illegal drugs, from marijuana to antihistamines. He has advanced the frontiers of behavioral science with landmark studies such as the National Roadside Survey of Alcohol and Drug Use by Drivers, and with important breakthroughs for law enforcement such as the collection of oral fluid and blood samples at the roadside.
"Dr. Compton's career is fueled by his passion that science can help save lives, as evidenced by his research on the prevention of needless traffic crashes," said Deborah A.P. Hersman, president and CEO of NSC. "With the significant and persistent problem of alcohol use contributing to crashes and an increase in prescription painkiller misuse across our nation, impaired driving research led by Dr. Compton informs effective policies that make the roads safer for us all."
The award, named for Professor Robert F. Borkenstein – the inventor of the Breathalyzer®, recognizes individuals who, through a lifetime of service, have made outstanding contributions to the field of alcohol/drugs in relation to traffic and transportation safety. Honorees are selected by members of the Alcohol, Drugs and Impairment Division, a group of toxicologists and other professionals not employed by the National Safety Council. Dr. Compton will be presented with the award at a dinner in his honor on Feb. 15.
About the NSC Alcohol, Drugs and Impairment Division
The Alcohol, Drugs 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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