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  1. Correspondence to Dr Ivan Barry Pless, Retired, 434 Lansdowne, Westmount, Quebec, Canada H3Y2V2; barry.pless{at}

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People in the news: Joan Ozanne-Smith

Joan is a well-known Australian injury prevention researcher and one-time member of our editorial board who has received a great honour: Officer of the Order of Australia. This is “awarded for distinguished service of a high degree to Australia or humanity at large”. Joan is well deserving of this recognition after a lifetime of major contributions to the field in Australia and abroad. As Ian Scott (former editorial board member) wrote when he nominated her, “She works hard, is determined, and keeps at it. Her work includes child focused initiatives (Kidsafe), data collection and analysis, product safety, a plethora of reports that have had a huge influence on policy, training, and education. (As well) there is her work in China (and Vietnam and Thailand). The change to the Australian product safety law … would have been different and slower … if not for all the work she did. She is also credited with the development of the Coronial system and the use of the data (from it). Finally, there is her work on violence prevention and the protection of sex workers. I don't know anyone who works harder or who has kept at so many tasks for so long”. Comment: Well deserved. Good on you mate!

Blood alcohol concentration limits

At present, the blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit in the USA is 0.80%. For some this is far too high, and many countries set the limit at 0.05 or lower because, as one observer notes, “even at .05 you are impaired to some degree”. And, at 0.15, the risk for a fatal crash is increased 10–25 times. However, many jurisdictions won't start legal proceedings unless the BAC is above 0.10 from a roadside test partly because roadside devices for screening are often not legally admissible. In Canada, the Criminal Code BAC limit is …

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