From: John Woodgate
Subject: Re: Defeating Breathalyzer Ignition Interlocks
Date: Sun, 5 Jan 2003 08:13:48 +0000
Organization: JMWA Electronics Consultancy
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Reply-To: John Woodgate
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I read in sci.electronics.design that Bill Sloman
wrote (in <email@example.com>) about
'Defeating Breathalyzer Ignition Interlocks', on Sat, 4 Jan 2003:
>John Woodgate wrote in message news:+EwoQ@jmwa.demon.co.uk>...
>> I read in sci.electronics.design that Bill Sloman
>> wrote (in ) about 'Defeating Breathalyzer
>> Ignition Interlocks', on Sat, 4 Jan 2003:
>> >He wasn't allowed to publish his results for some reason,
>> Could it be that there were too many drunk *pedestrians* in the results
>> for them to be used to demonize drink-drivers?
>This wasn't a large sample of data - I think there were some hundreds
>of autopsys a year in Victoria on victims of road accidents, and I
>don't think that there were all that many pedestrian victims.
>> It's so easy to slip into the frame of mind that says, 'It doesn't
>> matter how we manipulate the data, it's all in a good cause.'
>Got any other unsubstantiated accusations? You've just libelled a
>living Victorian of excellent reputation - much better than Joe
>Gutnick's - who could even now be preparing to sue you in the
No, Bill, please read my post CAREFULLY. You said that he wasn't allowed
to publish his results. So, my critical remarks were concerned with
**those who prevented him publishing**, not to the researcher whose
results were suppressed.
IMHO, the suppression of results of a properly-run scientific study
(which you claim by inference that to be what John Birrell carried out)
is a matter of public interest and concern.
Regards, John Woodgate, OOO - Own Opinions Only. http://www.jmwa.demon.co.uk
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