(AAA 10 May 2016) Fatal crashes involving drivers who recently used marijuana doubled in Washington after the state legalized the drug, according to the latest research by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. New research also shows that legal limits for marijuana and driving are arbitrary and unsupported by science, which could result in unsafe motorists going free and others being wrongfully convicted for impaired driving.
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ABC News 22 May 2016
A radical plan requiring motorists to pass a breath test before they can leave the car parks of licensed venues in Victoria is being considered by the Transport Accident Commission.
The ‘alco-gates’, or alcohol detection units, would be fitted to car park boom gates, which would remain lowered until the driver recorded a breath test under the .05 limit. The TAC’s Samantha Buckis said the idea had worked successfully in Sweden.
ABC News 21 May 2016
A San Francisco-based company has won a US Government-sponsored competition with an alcohol monitoring device that can be worn on the wrist, the latest milestone in the development of wearable technologies that monitor and diagnose medical conditions. The product, dubbed BACtrack Skyn, has not yet been submitted to the Food and Drug Administration for marketing approval.
The device in its current form will not, however, be a substitute for breathalysers or blood tests used by law enforcement, because the device does not provide real-time blood-alcohol levels.
Qld Police Media 19 May 2016
Police have charged a man following a serious traffic offence that occurred on the Sunshine Coast yesterday afternoon.
It will be alleged around 4.30pm, a white Isuzu truck was observed driving in a dangerous manner along the northbound lanes of the Bruce Highway between Caloundra to Cooroy.
Around 4.50pm, Sunshine Coast Tactical Crime Squad intercepted the vehicle near the Cooroy turn off and a man was arrested at the scene.
A 29 year-old Cairns man was charged with two counts of unlawful use of motor vehicle and one count of dangerous operations of a motor vehicle whilst adversely affected by an intoxicating substance.
Read more: http://mypolice.qld.gov.au/blog/2016/05/19/appeal-public-assistance-sunshine-coast/
Gold Coast Bulletin
May 19, 2016
A FORMER Gold Coast Lone Wolf sergeant-at-arms forgot to report to police while on bail because he was high on the drug “fantasy”, a court has been told.
Shane Treloar appeared in Southport Magistrates Court yesterday charged with breaching bail, possession of dangerous drugs and driving under the influence. He pleaded guilty to all charges.
Read more: http://www.goldcoastbulletin.com.au/news/crime-court/former-lone-wolf-sergeantatarms-forgot-to-report-to-police-because-he-was-high-on-the-drug-fantasy/news-story/dc50e527b76b39d65c990c48dbcff347
ABC News Rachel Riga 13 May 2016
A 26-year-old woman has told a Mackay court of the devastating emotional and physical pain she suffered after a drunk driver crashed into her on the Bruce Highway in north Queensland.
Caitlyn De Boni was driving to her parents’ property near Mackay in July 2013 when David Ronald Mackenzie, 26, veered into her lane.
Mackenzie had been drinking at the Leap Hotel, west of Mackay, when he decided to drive home with a blood alcohol level three times the legal limit.
In the District Court in Mackay, Mackenzie pleaded not guilty to dangerous driving while intoxicated causing grievous bodily harm.
Read more: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-05-13/drunk-driver-jailed-over-crash-near-mackay/7410992
News.com.au April 28, 2016
THE war on drugs has hit the road, but if the latest study is a guide drivers aren’t getting the message.
A survey commissioned by the Australian Road Safety Foundation found 20 per cent of drivers aged 25 to 34 admitted to driving under the influence of drugs — and weren’t caught despite being tested.
The study showed drivers in that age group were also twice as likely to drug and drive than those in their teens and early twenties.
Disturbingly, the same age group also viewed illicit substances as being less dangerous than driving drunk.
Read more: http://www.news.com.au/national/crime/older-drivers–not-teens–a-bigger-risk-of-drug-driving-new-report/news-story/c7f56fc104d7efd78c4ba431e753a86e