Alcohol, Drugs & Impairment Division

Robert F. Borkenstein Award


The Alcohol, Drugs & Impairment Division of the National Safety Council has named Randall E. Beaty the recipient of the 2019 Borkenstein Award.

Mr. Beaty is the deputy scientific director of the Texas Department of Public Safety Crime Laboratory System Breath Alcohol Laboratory. His career in safety began when he was assigned to the Houston DPS Crime Laboratory, where he provided forensic and technical support for law enforcement efforts to combat the drinking driver. He has served as a consultant in workplace drug and alcohol testing, from nuclear-fueled electricity-generating plants to safety-sensitive employers in the transportation industry, as well as in forensic alcohol testing for government agencies on the local, state and national level. He has testified in hundreds of trials regarding testing protocols, instrumentation design and function, and the physiology and pharmacology of ethanol in humans. He is a faculty member of the prestigious Robert F. Borkenstein Course on Alcohol and Highway Safety: Testing, Research and Litigation, and a visiting instructor at Indiana University’s Center for Law in Action.

In addition to journal articles on breath alcohol sampling and laboratory analysis, he authored a topic-driven chapter on the application of ISO standards in the forensic laboratory in the 6th Edition of Garriott’s Medicolegal Aspects of Alcohol and has given numerous presentations on alcohol and highway safety topics. Three Virginia governors have appointed him to the Commonwealth’s Department of Forensic Sciences Scientific Advisory Committee.

He was a two-term president of the International Association for Chemical Testing and was appointed to its board of directors by five successive presidents. He also served on the Alcohol Testing Alliance Board of Directors and was a member of the ASCLD/LAB-International Breath Alcohol Calibration Laboratory Program Development Committee. He was the first full-term chair of the NSC Alcohol Drugs and Impairment Division and was nominated to two terms on the NSC Delegate Assembly.

Mr. Beaty will be presented the 2019 Robert F. Borkenstein Award in conjunction with the NSC-ADID meeting in February 2019 in Baltimore.

About the Award

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.

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Meet the NSC Alcohol, Drugs & Impairment Division Leaders

The NSC Alcohol, Drugs & Impairment Division tackles substance abuse and prescription drug issues and makes recommendations to combat the impaired driving problem through legislation, education and other countermeasures. The Division also offers opportunities for safety-focused networking with others in the field.

Chester Flaxmayer
Alcohol, Drugs & Impairment Division Chairman 
Johnson Robert D. Johnson Ph.D
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Alcohol, Drugs & Impairment Division Vice Chairman
Mr. Johnson earned a Ph.D in analytical chemistry from The University of Oklahoma. Certified as a Diplomate by the American Board of Forensic Toxicology, he joined the Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office as the chief toxicologist in 2011. Prior to joining the ME's office he worked for 10 years as a senior research chemist at the Federal Aviation Administration's Civil Aerospace Medical Institute in Oklahoma City. Dr. Johnson is active in the Society of Forensic Toxicologists, the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and the Southwestern Association of Toxicologists. He has published more than 50 scientific articles.
Trombley Sabra Botch-Jones M.S., M.A., D-ABFT-FT
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Alcohol, Drugs & Impairment Division Secretary
Sabra Botch-Jones is a forensic toxicologist and assistant professor at Boston University School of Medicine Biomedical Forensic Sciences program. She is course director for Forensic Toxicology, Analysis of Controlled Substances and Instrumental Analysis. She conducts research in forensic toxicology and seized drug analysis. She began her career with the Federal Aviation Administration and was a senior forensic toxicologist/quality manager at the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office. She earned master of science degrees in drug chemistry and forensic toxicology from the University of Florida, and bachelors and masters of arts in criminal justice and CJ management and administration from University of Central Oklahoma. She has authored and coauthored 17 scientific articles. She serves on the Toxicology Subcommittee of the Organization for Scientific Area Committees and the Secretary of the Toxicology Consensus Body of the Academy Standards Board. Sabra is active in the American Academy of Forensic Sciences’ Humanitarian and Human Rights Resource Center.
Liddicoat Laura J. Liddicoat
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Alcohol, Drugs & Impairment Division Immediate Past Chairman
Ms Liddicoat received a bachelor's degree in medical technology at University of Wisconsin. She is a member of the Society of Forensic Toxicologists, American Academy of Forensic Sciences, International Association for Chemical Testing, Joint AAFS/SOFT Driving Under the Influence of Drugs Committee and the Organization of Scientific Area Committees. Liddicoat worked for 29 years in the Forensic Toxicology Section at the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene, where she served as technical expert for alcohol and drug chemists, reported and interpreted alcohol/drug results and provided testimony regarding drug pharmacology and effects on driving.
Washington Tammy T. Washington
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NSC Division Program Manager
Tammy has been employed with NSC for more than 10 years. She is responsible for managing the NSC volunteer engagement programs, meetings, websites and databases. Besides the Alcohol, Drugs & Impairment Division, she also works with the Business & Industry, Construction, Labor and Utilities divisions. Tammy can be reached at (630) 775-2227.

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