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.

Ice could have improved drugged driver’s ability, court rules

ABC News Candice Marcus and Sara Garcia June 26, 2015

A drugged motorist who ran a red light and struck a schoolboy has been cleared of dangerous driving by an Adelaide judge, after two expert witnesses suggested methylamphetamine can have a positive effect on driver ability.
In 2012, 39-year-old mother of three Leah Lenarczyk was on ice and other drugs when she ran a red light at Salisbury Heights in Adelaide’s north, hitting a schoolboy.
The 12-year-old suffered multiple injuries, including a collapsed lung and a fractured skull.
Lenarczyk was acquitted of driving dangerously and convicted of the lesser charge of driving without due care.
Judge Barry Beazley said the prosecution had not proven methylamphetamine, also known as ice, had affected her driving.

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University of Iowa studies impact of marijuana on driving

EurekAlert 23-Jun-2015

A new study conducted at the University of Iowa’s National Advanced Driving Simulator has found drivers who use alcohol and marijuana together weave more on a virtual roadway than drivers who use either substance independently. However, the cocktail of alcohol and marijuana does not double the effect of the impairment.
“What we saw was an additive effect, not a synergistic effect, when we put them together,” said Tim Brown, associate research scientist at NADS and corresponding author of the study. “You get what you expect if you take alcohol and cannabis and merge them together.”
The study, which appears June 23 in Drug and Alcohol Dependence, also found participants who consumed only alcohol weaved more during a 35- to 45-minute simulated driving test than those who consumed only vaporized cannabis.

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Charges – stolen vehicle, Waterford West

Qld Police Media 25 June 2015

Two men and a woman have been charged after a police incident which ended in Waterford West yesterday.
It will be alleged that around 12.20pm a white Toyota Hiace bearing alleged stolen number plates was seen by police travelling north on the Pacific Motorway at Mount Gravatt.
Police followed the vehicle when they observed it driving erratically.
POLAIR then observed the vehicle as it travelled south on the Pacific Motorway towards Logan.
Police continued to observe the vehicle through Logan and tyre deflation devices were successfully deployed on Kingston Road. The vehicle came to a stop and three people in the car fled.
All three were located by police and were arrested and taken into custody without further incident.
A 32-year-old Redcliffe man has been charged with two counts each of dangerous operation of a vehicle and failing to stop a motor vehicle and one count each of burglary, receiving tainted property, unlawful use of a motor vehicle, possessing dangerous drugs, driving without a licence and driving an unregistered vehicle.

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Cyclist ‘almost six times the limit’ collides with car at Helensvale Mackenzie Ravn June 18, 2015

A DRUNK cyclist who allegedly blew almost six times the legal blood-alcohol limit has crashed into a cab at Helensvale.
Emergency crews were called to Discovery Drive, Helensvale about 10.50am following reports a cyclist had collided with the taxi.
An ambulance spokeswoman said the 51-year-old rider was being assessed at the scene for a minor facial injury.

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Police slam woman who drove drunk to Elanora school drop-off zone and fell asleep

Gold Coast Bulletin Mackenzie Ravn 16 June 2015

A DRUNKEN mum who fell asleep behind the wheel at a school drop-off zone while waiting for her children, has shocked and angered police.  To make matters worse she was nearly three times over the legal limit (.149 per cent) and had driven almost the full length of the Gold Coast.

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Cannabis and meth a bad mix for 21-year-old

Brisbane Times 15 June 2015

A 21-year-old driver has been caught behind the wheel at Zillmere while both cannabis and meth were in his system. The Goodna resident was given a drug test where he recorded a positive result for the cannabis component THC and methamphetamine.

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Qld blitz nabs one in five drivers for drug use

Cars Guide [News Corp Australia Network] 9 June 2015

Around 700 motorists a month could be discovered to be driving under the influence of drugs once the testing program is fully implemented – and one in five checked over the long weekend tested positive for drug use.
The Queensland Road Drug Testing Unit caught 499 drivers with traces of cannabis, speed or ecstasy last month and officers expect to see that rate increase.
“Once we implement the entire (drug testing) program, we could expect to catch around 700 people a month,” Sergeant Bruce McJannett said.

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