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.

Operation Boost – Logan Police District

QPS news 1 April 2014

Police in the Logan District recently conducted a four day traffic operation aimed at detecting drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Operation Boost ran from Thursday March 27 to Sunday March 30 and involved police from the Logan Police District, the Roadside Testing Unit, Dog Squad and Logan Tactical Crime Squad.

Logan District Inspector Glenn Allen said the operation aimed to identify drug offences as well as ensure the safety of all road users.

“One of the disappointing and concerning aspect of this operation were that almost half of the drivers tested for drugs were detected under the influence of a drug. This is totally unacceptable and extremely dangerous driver behaviour. It demonstrates the need for these type of operations to continue,” Inspector Allen said.

Over the four day operation there were 51 drug tests conducted with 23 drivers detected under the influence of a drug in comparison 204 random breath tests were conducted with three drivers detected drink driving.

Also during the operation police performed 15 street checks, five traffic infringement notices were issued, five offences of possession of a dangerous drug were detected along with 10 possession of a utensil, two disqualified drivers, one offence of possess tainted property and a person was located on a fail to appear warrant and an arrest warrant.

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Alcohol’s role in traffic deaths vastly underreported: Study

(Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs 24 March 2014) It’s no secret that drinking and driving can be a deadly mix. But the role of alcohol in U.S. traffic deaths may be substantially underreported on death certificates, according to a study in the March issue of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.

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Magistrate Bernadette Callaghan handed out a light DUI sentence that was ‘manifestly inadequate’, says judge reviewing ruling Kathleen DONAGHEY March 28, 2014

A SERIAL drink driver who admitted he was “pretty pissed” at the wheel was given a “manifestly inadequate” sentence by controversial Magistrate Bernadette Callaghan, a judge has found.
Michael James Slattery admitted to downing nine self-mixed bourbons and rums after police caught him doing burnouts and driving through Nambour.

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Car stolen at knifepoint after video game session

Townsville Bulletin EMMA CHANNON  March 13, 2014

A TEENAGE boy who had been playing the popular ‘Grand Thef Auto’ video game went on to lead a terrifying assault on his neighbour, holding a knife to her throat, before taking off in her car clocking speeds up to 170km/hr.
Aaden Leigh Newbery, 18, said he wanted to find some cannabis when he and his mate Jordan Ned Thomas Savage broke into the 51-year-old’s Heatley home to steal her Mazda 3.

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For older drivers, study finds, 1 drink may be 1 too many

(University of Florida 7 March 2014) You may have only had one glass of wine with dinner, but if you’re 55 or older, that single serving may hit you hard enough to make you a dangerous driver.

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Tugun man to appear in court after epic car chase with police overnight where he swam through a lake and tried to outrun the police dog

Gold Coast Bulletin Tanya Westthorp February 28, 2014

A MAN was arrested after an epic chase at Tugun overnight after he allegedly crashed through the front fence of a house, swam in a lake and tried to outrun a police dog.
The incident started when police were called to the corner of Kitchener and Marion Streets at Tugun around midnight to reports a man was acting aggressively…
A 37-year-old Tugun man has been charged with dangerous driving of a motor vehicle, evade police, driving while under the influence of liquor or drugs and unlicensed driving.

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Cops said they weren’t chasing me: inquest

7News AAP Melissa Grant and Stephen Johnson February 26, 2014

A jailed drink driver says police repeatedly stated they weren’t chasing him after his car hit and killed two pedestrians on a Queensland road, an inquest has heard.
Police had been trailing West Australian miner Brett Glenbar’s rental car before it crashed into Brisbane couple, Ronald Ellison, 46, and Jacqueline Sylvester, 40, and hit another vehicle.
An inquest is underway in Brisbane into the cause of the fatal collision and whether the intercept complied with Queensland Police’s pursuit policies.

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PLOS’ New Data Policy: Public Access to Data

PLOS Blogs Liz Silva 24 February 2014

Access to research results, immediately and without restriction, has always been at the heart of PLOS’ mission and the wider Open Access movement. However, without similar access to the data underlying the findings, the article can be of limited use. For this reason, PLOS has always required that authors make their data available to other academic researchers who wish to replicate, reanalyze, or build upon the findings published in our journals.

In an effort to increase access to this data, we are now revising our data-sharing policy for all PLOS journals: authors must make all data publicly available, without restriction, immediately upon publication of the article. Beginning March 3rd, 2014, all authors who submit to a PLOS journal will be asked to provide a Data Availability Statement, describing where and how others can access each dataset that underlies the findings. This Data Availability Statement will be published on the first page of each article.

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Man charged with drink driving a scooter at Bribie Island

Quest Newspapers Rebecca Danslow 24 February 2014

A MAN was charged with high-range drink driving at Bribie Island on Sunday after he was pulled over on his mobility scooter.  Police allege he was more than three times over the legal alcohol limit.  The 55-year-old Bongaree man was intercepted by police at Welsby Pde, Bongaree, about 3.20pm.

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Repeat drink driver Catherine Butcher in caught again

Courier Mail Tony Keim 25 February 2014

A REPEAT drink driver found slumped in her car after going to a bottle shop to buy vodka in the middle of the day returned a blood alcohol reading more than six times the legal limit but has escaped jail.

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