Alcohol, Drugs & Impairment Division
The Borkenstein 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.
Jerry Landau was presented the 2022 Robert F. Borkenstein Award. Landau is recognized for his career spanning more than 40 years as a litigator, judge, legislative consultant and educator. His dedication, knowledge and expertise have made him a leader in the criminal justice and legislative community, allowing him to save lives by advancing safety policies and practices that prevent drug and alcohol impairment.
Landau has served the NSC-ADID for 30 years, including as both vice-chair and chair of the then Committee on Alcohol and Other Drugs, and as the long-time chair of the Legal Factors Section. Last month, he retired as senior consultant to the Arizona Supreme Court Administrative Office of the Courts and currently serves as judge pro-tempore.
During his more than 40-year legal career in Arizona, he has been director of government affairs for the Administrative Office of the Courts, and special assistant and division chief in the Maricopa County (Arizona) Attorney’s Office. He has served on numerous legislative committees and participated in writing Arizona’s criminal and traffic laws.
Landau has been involved with numerous projects, task forces and schools related to public safety for a host of state, regional and national organizations and agencies. Landau also authored a chapter of the book “Medical-Legal Aspects of Alcohol” and has written articles on DUI law for the Arizona State Bar Journal and the Maricopa County Lawyer, as well as articles on legislation for the Arizona Law Journal and the Arizona Attorney.
Landau was formally recognized Feb. 20.
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.
Sabra Botch-Jones M.S., M.A., D-ABFT-FT
Alcohol, Drugs & Impairment Division Chair
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.
Michael R. Corbett, Ph.D., LL.M., F-ABFT, FCSFS
Alcohol, Drugs & Impairment Division Vice Chair
Dr. Corbett is a forensic toxicologist and adjunct professor in forensic science at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. He received a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Toronto and an LL.M. from Osgoode Hall Law School at York University. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and member of several other organizations, including the Society of Forensic Toxicologists. He is president of the Medico-Legal Society of Toronto. He initially worked for 13 years as a forensic toxicologist for the Province of Ontario, and thereafter continued a full-time consulting practice in forensic toxicology for more than 17 years. He is a consultant inspector for the National Laboratory Certification Program in workplace drug testing. He has presented on research at forensic science conferences and education in legal programs. He has testified more than 950 times as an expert witness on alcohol, drugs and impairment/intoxication in cases involving death, injury and other aspects.
Robert D. Johnson Ph.D
Alcohol, Drugs & Impairment Division Immediate Past Chair
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 chief toxicologist in 2011. He previously worked for 10 years as a senior research chemist at the Federal Aviation Administration 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.