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.

Dozens of children put at risk after driver clocks 114kmh through school zone

Gold Coast Bulletin Robyn Wuth July 24, 2014

AN ICE-crazed driver put dozens of children at risk, clocking a terrifying 114kmh through a school zone during morning drop off this morning.
Police said the driver sped right past police at almost three times the 40kmh speed limit on Chambers Flat Road at Logan and crossed to the wrong side of the road as he passed the school.

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Intoxicated woman flees crash

Gold Coast Bulletin Robyn Wuth 21 July 2014

POLICE are hunting a drunken woman who crashed her car into several fences before abandoning the wreck and fleeing into bushland.

Traffic has been thrown into chaos with Tamborine-Oxenford Road at Wongawallen shut down after the smash at about 4.15pm this afternoon.

A member of the public directed traffic at the scene until the police arrived.  Witnesses said the woman, who appeared to be severely affected by alcohol, was not injured in the smash.  Damage to the car, a silver Nissan Pathfinder, immobilised the vehicle — which remains in the middle of the road.

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Four injured in two quad bike crashes

Townsville Bulletin Emma Channon 14 July 2014

ALCOHOL and stupidity were two features in a quad bike crash that left one person with 12 broken ribs and two others hospitalised, police believe.  The three people were riding the quad bike at 2.30am yesterday when it hit a water pipe on the Bruce Highway at Bluewater.   Roadside breath tests indicated all three passengers were drunk.

A fourth man was hospitalised in a separate quad bike accident at Clermont on Saturday night.

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Serious traffic crash, Bluewater (near Townsville)

Mermaid Beach man, 25, charged with dangerous driving offences after evading police and forcing them to form a barricade of cars to stop him

Gold Coast Bulletin July 10, 2014

A MAN has been charged after police were forced to form a barricade of cars to stop him from evading them.
Police had seen the man speeding through Mermaid Beach earlier in the night, but were unable to catch him.

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Drunk driver causes pile up

Gold Coast Bulletin Jessica Elder 7 July 2014

A DRUNK driver has smashed into four cars at Ashmore before fleeing on foot and then a bus as nearby workers gave chase.

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Drink driver ‘off to pick up my boys’

Register for the new CKN (Clinicians’ Knowledge Network)

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Dangerous driving charge, Cairns

QPS News 6 July 2014

Police have charged a 19-year-old German national man with driving under the influence of alcohol following a serious traffic crash that occurred in the early hours of this morning in Cairns.

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Drug enforcement, North Stradbroke Island

QPS News 2 July 2014

This week local police on North Stradbroke Island mounted a joint drug enforcement operation in conjunction with the Roadside Drug Testing Unit.

Police performed 95 Roadside Breath Tests and 23 Roadside Drug Tests resulting in 3 positive indications which will require further testing and investigation.

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Canada’s drug-impaired driving law ‘cumbersome to enforce and prosecute,’ watchdogs say

Canada.com Douglas Quan 27 June 2014

Six years after federal law changes gave police new powers to compel suspected drug-impaired drivers to take roadside sobriety tests, watchdogs say the system has been ineffective, resulting in few charges.

The advocacy group MADD Canada recently went to Parliament Hill to push the idea of random roadside saliva testing — a system already in use in Australia and Europe but is likely to draw concerns about civil liberties here.

And unlike the 0.08 per cent blood alcohol concentration threshold, there’s no scientific consensus about how much consumption of certain drugs will cause impairment, further complicating matters.

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‘Speeding’ Ferrari crasher court date

Gold Coast Bulletin Mackenzie Ravn 28 June 2014

A PARADISE Point man has escaped uninjured after crashing his red Ferrari while allegedly driving almost three times over the legal blood-alcohol limit on Thursday night.

The man, in his 50s, was travelling on the M1 at Springwood.  The man allegedly returned a blood-alcohol reading of 0.14 per cent.

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