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.

Queensland police increase drug driver testing

Brisbane Times AAP 3 March 2015

Drug drivers in Queensland are more likely to be caught by more than 200 extra police trained to undertake roadside testing, the state’s top cop says.

Police Commissioner Ian Stewart said on Tuesday by the end of March 238 officers will have received training under the Statewide Roadside Drug Testing Deployment Project, which began last December.

This will take the total number of trained officers to 291.

A total of 130,144 roadside drug tests have been conducted by the QPS since it was introduced in Queensland in 2007.

In the year from July 2013, police recorded a detection rate of one offender per 13 tests.

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Drug driving offences on rise

Gold Coast Bulletin Denis Doherty 1 March 2015

DRUG driving arrests are on the rise, outnumbering drink driving offences in a trend that has senior Gold Coast Police concerned

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Alleged dangerous driver committed to higher court

Townsville Bulletin Kara Paradies 2 March 2015

A DRIVER accused of injuring two motorcyclists while five times the legal alcohol limit has had his matter committed to the Townsville District Court. Bronson Charles Vorobyov, 34, was charged with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and driving under the influence of alcohol after he ­allegedly hit two motorcyclists on Ingham Road at West End about 8.50pm on July 26 last year.

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Remember the man who got stuck on the tracks? He has to do rehab before next court date

Gold Coast Bulletin Meagan Weymes  February 26, 2015

A MAN who allegedly got his car wedged on the tram tracks while four times over the legal limit will start rehab before his next court appearance.
Peter Andrew McGrath, 38, appeared in the Southport Magistrates Court this morning charged with drink driving.

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Charleville drug driving blitz results worry police

ABC News Chrissy Arthur and Ash Moore 25 February 2015

Charleville police in south-west Queensland say they are concerned with the results of a weekend campaign to test drivers in the community for drugs.
Senior Sergeant Adrian Rieck said officers performed more than 70 random drug tests, with eight people testing positive to driving under the influence of drugs, and one person failing to supply a sample.
Another five had traces of drugs in their systems but readings were not sufficient for further action.
Senior Sergeant Rieck said that indicates about one in four people tested had used drugs.

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Warning over drug-driving law and prescribed medication

BBC News Health 10 February 2015

People who have been prescribed powerful anxiety or pain relief drugs are being warned about a new drug-driving law.

As well as outlawing driving while under the influence of illegal drugs, new legislation will include some prescription medicines.

But prescribed doses do not exceed the limits for legal drugs, so most patients should still be safe to drive.

Those who are unsure are advised to seek the advice of a pharmacist.

The new law, to be introduced 2 March 2015 in England and Wales, aims to catch those who put the lives of others at risk while driving under the influence of drugs.

http://www.bbc.com/news/health-31306714

‘Drunk’ Gold Coast mum crashes car with kids inside: police

Brisbane Times January 30, 2015

A Gold Coast woman will face court after crashing her car while allegedly drunk and with her children in the vehicle.
A boy aged under 10 was taken to Gold Coast University Hospital for observation after the incident on Thursday night, police said.

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Gold Coast Bulletin: Alleged drunk driver smashes into parked car at Labrador