Brisbane Times Cameron Atfield 7 December 2013
The demotion of a drink-driving Queensland police officer, who tried to influence junior officers not to give him a breath test, has been confirmed by a tribunal.
Senior Sergeant David Tolsher was pulled over on August 12, 2012, a month after he was promoted to the rank, and blew a reading of 0.15 – three times the legal limit.
ABC News 27 Nov 2013
European researchers have discovered that a hungover driver who has no alcohol in their blood can be more dangerous behind the wheel than someone with a blood alcohol reading of 0.05.
Associate Professor Chris Alford from the University of the West of England says his volunteers were asked to drink heavily in the name of science and then undergo simulated driving tests when sober the next day.
The Courier Mail Brooke Baskin November 20, 2013
THREE bikies arrested late Tuesday spent a night in custody in the Brisbane City Watchhouse, but only one has walked out after being granted bail.
Alleged former Highway 61 Sergeant at Arms Scott Robert Paton, 41, of Northgate, on Wednesday looked like he’d spent a rough night behind bars after Magistrate Chris Callaghan granted him bail on a charge of failing to appear in court in August…
Ms Kilroy said Paton was picked up on an outstanding warrant issued on August 26 after he allegedly failed to appear in court on a charge of driving while under the influence of methyl amphetamine.
Stuff.co.nz Matt Rilkoff 5 November 2013
The New Zealand Government yesterday announced plans to lower the legal limit from 80 to 50 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood for drivers aged over 20. The changes, which have the tentative support of Labour, could become law from mid-2014, and would bring New Zealand into line with Australia and follows a general trend among developed countries.
Allan Stowell, a forensic chemist and toxicologist who frequently serves as an expert witness in court cases related to drink-driving, said the new limit could still allow alcohol to be consumed on social occasions before driving.
QPS News 29 October 2013
Ipswich police have charged 31 people with various offences following Operation Navigate at the weekend.
Conducted on Friday and Saturday night, Operation Navigate focused on the Ipswich district and involved 12 officers.
Inspector Keith McDonald said 380 drivers underwent a random breath test and 23 people were charged with drink and drug driving offences.
Qld Police Media 10 October 2013
…Yesterday, police from the Wide Bay Burnett District intercepted several members of the Black Uhlans criminal motorcycle gang enroute to their Brisbane Club House at Coopers Plains, with two riders returning positive roadside tests to driving under the influence of drugs.
Officers including general duties, plain clothes, dog squad, Road Policing Command and Roadside Drug Testing Unit, intercepted eleven members of the Black Uhlans on the Bruce Highway, north of Maryborough, around 1pm yesterday.
Sunday Mail Kate Kyriacou 6 October 2013
More than 400 drivers under the age of 18 – including three aged between 10 and 14 – were caught drink-driving during the 2012-13 financial year.
(Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health 25 September 2013) In a new study researchers assessed the association of driver drug use, as well as the combination of drugs and alcohol, with the risk of fatal crash. They found that drug use is associated with a significantly increased risk of fatal crash involvement, particularly when used in combination with alcohol. The study provides critical data for understanding the joint effect of alcohol and drugs on driving safety.
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QPS News 26 September 2013
With the state’s road toll over 200 and more than 3,000 people killed on Queensland roads over the past 10 years, new motor vehicle impoundment legislation is set to come into force on November 1.
Outlines changes to Type 1 and Type 2 offences. Type 2 offences include high-range drink driving and failure to supply a specimen of breath or blood.