Category Archives: Traffic medicine

Incorporates references to driving offences related to all drugs (licit & illicit) and alcohol, includes Stilnox (Zolpidem).
EXCLUDES road deaths, vehicle accidents, pedestrial deaths UNLESS related to drink or drug driving.

Police officer stood down in Brisbane Region

Qld Police Media 21 August 2014

A senior constable from the Brisbane Region has been stood down from official duty with the Queensland Police Service.
The officer, a 39 year-old man, is the subject of an investigation relating to an incident of drink driving on August 3 and unprofessional conduct toward fellow officers.

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Drink-driving student Daniel Michael Mylan paroled for road rage against woman on scooter

Gold Coast Bulletin Leah Fineran August 20, 2014

A DRUNK driver who punched a woman off her scooter and attacked a car with a crowbar in a violent road rage bender has been sentenced to jail.
Youth work student Daniel Michael Mylan admitted he was drunk and off his prescription medication when he saw red on the roads last year.
The 36-year-old student blew a blood-alcohol level of .137 per cent, almost three times the legal limit when police caught up with him near Broadbeach on October 3.

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High-range drink drivers risk it all on roads, rising numbers in greater Caboolture area

Quest Newspapers Amy Hutchinson  August 14, 2014

LIKE he always did, Cindy Neil’s father went for a drink after work. And, as always, the 21-year-old attempted to drive home afterwards.
But this time he never made it. “He went through a T-intersection and was killed instantly,” Miss Neil said.
“As a little girl, we used to go to the cemetery and I remember Mum sitting at the gravestone with flowers, crying.”
That incident shaped the life of Miss Neil, who now works with Road Trauma Services Queensland.
Growing up, she watched her mother struggle to care for four children without a father.
Those who have seen the worst on the roads cannot believe drivers continue to get on the booze and get in their cars.
Particularly Ms Neil, who can only shake her head. “What do we have to do for people to get it?”
She refers to the number of drink-drivers police have caught in recent weeks in the greater Caboolture area.
Local police are also dismayed they are still apprehending high-range drink-drivers every week.
Figures show these intercepts have been consistent throughout the year. In the past 12 weeks, police reported at least 122 people across Burpengary, Caboolture, Bribie Island, Woodford and Kilcoy. In the 12 weeks before that, numbers were nearly identical.
Forensic Crash Unit officer-in-charge Greg Price said in most crashes, drink-drivers would be killed rather than injured.
“There was a fatal earlier this year on Pumicestone (Rd) and the driver has been charged with drink-driving causing death,” Sen-Sgt Price said.
Police allege the driver was in the high-range category for drink-driving; that is, at least a 0.15 per cent blood-alcohol concentration.
Recently some of the blood-alcohol readings have registered up to six times the legal limit. Some drivers were on a provisional licence and some had children in the car.
“In 90 per cent of our fatal crashes, alcohol was involved,” Sen-Sgt Price said.

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Gold Coast Breaker Cameron Bracewell sidesteps conviction for DUI that could have cost him career

Gold Coast Bulletin Leah Fineran August 14, 2014

THE comeback kid of rugby has sidestepped a conviction that could have cost him a ­future international career.
Gold Coast Breakers player Cameron Bracewell survived a broken back to return to Rugby union this year but his dreams of playing for Australia were almost extinguished when he was caught drink-driving three times over the limit two weeks ago.

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Marine operation, Central Region

Qld Police Media August 14, 2014

A joint enforcement operation using resources from Road Policing Command, Operations Support Command, Central Region, and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA), was recently conducted in the Central Queensland region…
The operation resulted in the seizure of 59grams of cannabis and drug utensils, and thirteen vessel operators testing positive to relevant drugs from a total of 51 drug tests.

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Ayr woman charged by police after blowing four times over the legal limit on her way to pick daughter up from high school.

Townsville Bulletin JOSH ALSTON August 13, 2014

AN Ayr mother has blown more than four times the legal limit after being picked up police on her way to pick her child up from school.
The 38-year-old blew a shocking .225 when she was pulled over for a random breath test on Grey St at about 3.30pm on Tuesday.

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Eloise Anakapu sentenced to 3½ years’ jail for death of taxi driver Vid Luckus in Story Bridge crash

Courier Mail Kate McKenna, Brooke Baskin 8 August 2014

A YOUNG woman broke down and cried out that she wished she had died as well after being found guilty of killing a taxi driver in a crash on Brisbane’s Story Bridge.

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