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.

Stealing and unlawful use, Coopers Plains

QPS News 29 March 2015

A 38-year-old Yeerongpilly man has been charged with burglary, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, unlawful use of a motor vehicle, drink driving and three counts of making threats. He is scheduled to appear before the Brisbane Magistrates Court tomorrow.

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Learner mum caught drink-driving when dropping kids off at school

Gold Coast Bulletin Robyn Wuth March 26, 2015

A GOLD Coast mother, driving for more than 20 years on learner’s permits, has been caught dropping her kids off at school while she allegedly had a blood-alcohol level more than two-and-a-half times the legal limit.
Rapid Action and Patrols officers caught the 41-year-old mother-of-two as she was dropping her teenage children at Nerang State High School at 8.30am on Tuesday.
The Carrara woman was in the school drop-off zone when she was pulled over by police and a breath test allegedly gave a blood-alcohol level of 0.124.

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Thinking of drinking and driving? What if your car won’t let you?

(University of Michigan Health System 19 March 2015) If every new car had a built-in blood alcohol level tester that prevented impaired drivers from driving the vehicle, the US could avoid 85 percent of crash deaths attributable to alcohol-involved motor vehicle crashes. In just 15 years, that would mean preventing more than 59,000 deaths.

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Rate of drug-drivers exceeds rate of drink-drivers: research

ABC News | 7:30 Tracy Bowden 23 March 2015

The rate of drivers picked up for drug-driving now exceeds the rate of drink-drivers, and up to 30 per cent of fatal road accidents are caused by drivers using illicit substances, according to research.

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Download NSW Centre for Road Safety Drug Driving Fact Sheet for more details and statistics

Gold Coast woman Kelly Louise White convicted of driving six times the legal alcohol limit

Gold Coast Bulletin MACKENZIE RAVN  March 19, 2015 

A WOMAN was on her way to work when she crashed her car and returned a blood-alcohol reading six times the legal alcohol limit, a court has heard.
Kelly Louise White was driving to her work as a pharmacy technician on July 17 last year when she lost control of her car and crashed into the brick fence of a home in Runaway Bay about 5.10pm.
A breath test at the scene returned a positive reading and a blood test taken about two hours later, after White had received medical treatment, returned a reading of 0.301.

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Mongols bikie, 37, busted with steroids and under the influence of drugs on the M1 at Nerang

Gold Coast Bulletin March 13, 2015

A PATCHED member of the Mongols criminal motorcycle gang is in jail after being arrested for drug possession and driving under the influence on the M1.
Officers from Taskforce Maxima’s road policing unit intercepted the 37-year-old man on an M1 on-ramp just after 12pm.
The man was arrested and charged with possession of dangerous drugs (steroids) and two breaches of bail.
The man also tested positive to methylamphetamine during a roadside drug test.
This test will be sent for further analysis and pending the outcome, further charges may occur.

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Mackay, Hay Point ports targeted in Federal Police-Customs crime crackdown

ABC News Jonathan Hair 13 March 2015

Eleven people have been served with notices to appear in court after a two-day operation at the Mackay and Hay Point ports in north Queensland.
Australian Federal Police have released details of the operation, targeting criminal activity, on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Customs and Border Protection and the Queensland Police Service were also involved as part of the ‘Jericho Waterfront Taskforce’.
More than 400 motorists were stopped and breath tested, some were drug tested.
Port access cards and maritime security ID cards were also verified.
Charges stemming from the operation include drug possession, unlicensed driving and possession of prohibited items.

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