Toxicology

Toxicology 2011 Activity
3,073 Cases analyzed
3,059 Highway safety enforcements
14 Other toxicology investigations
250 New Drager 9510s inspected and calibrated
Toxicologist loads samples into Gas Chromatographt

Toxicologist loads samples on to the Headspace Gas Chromatograph for blood alcohol analysis as part of an impaired driving investigation.

The Toxicology section provides analyses and expert testimony in support of impaired driving investigations.

They test biological specimens (primarily blood and urine) for the presence or absence of alcohol and other drugs, and interpret those findings for court proceedings.

The scientists use a variety of analytical instruments and techniques including gas chromatography, mass spectrometry, enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay, and solid phase extraction.

Their work supports highway safety enforcement, involving charges such as Vehicular Homicide/Manslaughter, Criminally Negligent Homicide, Vehicular Assault, DWI, and DWAI-Drugs.

Breath Testing

This section is a subset of Toxicology and supports NYSP's Traffic Services Breath Testing Program by performing the maintenance, repairs and certification of the State Police's Draeger 9510 breath testing equipment.

Also, staff supports the breath testing programs through the certification of reference materials-simulator solution and reference gas-used by law enforcement agencies statewide and provides expert testimony on alcohol-related matters.

Highway safety equipment technician testing Draeger 9510

Highway safety equipment technician calibrates a Draeger 9510-breath testing equipment-as one step in the maintenance, repair and certification process.