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.

Robbery, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, Salisbury

Qld Police Media 27 August 2015

Detectives have charged a man following a series of incidents on the south side of Brisbane yesterday.
Police will allege at around 11:40am a motor vehicle was stolen from an address on Ipswich Road in Rocklea.
Police will further allege the vehicle was driven dangerously before colliding with another vehicle at Nathan, which was subsequently stolen.
The second stolen vehicle was then allegedly driven dangerously, colliding with multiple vehicles in Nathan, Sunnybank and Salisbury.
Police arrested the alleged driver of the vehicle following a collision with another vehicle on Evans Road and McCarthy Street in Salisbury.
A 34-year-old Oxley man has been charged with four counts of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, two counts of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle whilst adversely affected by an intoxicating substance, two counts of unlawful use of a motor vehicle and one count each of robbery, enter premises with intent to commit an indictable offence and failure to stop a motor vehicle.
He is due to appear in Brisbane Magistrates Court this afternoon.

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Drug drivers shock police

Townsville Bulletin Chris McMahon 18 August 2015

ALMOST three times as many people were caught driving under the influence of drugs, rather than alcohol in a three day operation by Townsville Police.   Of the 99 people tested for drugs over the weekend, 16 were positive. And of 732 people given roadside breath tests, only six returned a positive mark.  And by yesterday before noon, another two people had been caught drug driving.

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High range drink driving, Beaudesert

QPS News 14 August 2015

Police have charged a 32-year-old woman after she allegedly recorded a blood alcohol reading of more than four times the legal limit (BAC of 0.207%) .near a Beaudesert school this afternoon.

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Killer driver ‘often drove on drugs’

Gold Coast Bulletin MEAGAN WEYMES August 13, 2015

A MAN who drunkenly crashed into a broken down car in the shoulder lane of the M1, killing himself and four others, regularly drove while on drugs, an inquest has been told.
On December 8 in 2012 Jordan McGuinness-Hayes drove at speeds of at least 140km/h in the shoulder lane of the Pacific Motorway when he collided with the back of a stationary Holden.
At the time he was drunk and had cannabis in his system after a work function in Brisbane.
McGuinness-Hayes as well as passengers in the Holden, Kody Williams, Tiana Williams, Natasha Maggs and Allan Sullivan, were all killed.

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Shocking drug-driving statistics revealed for first seven months of 2015 in Queensland

Gold Coast Bulletin AAP August 13, 2015

ALMOST two drivers a day tested positive to methamphetamines in southeast Queensland in the first seven months of 2015, police statistics reveals.
Data obtained by AAP shows that 382 positive tests were obtained in the Brisbane and South East regions between January 1st and July 23rd this year.

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Drivers nabbed in drug tests

The North West Star [Mt Isa] CHRIS BURNS Aug. 12, 2015

MORE than 13 drivers affected by drugs in the lead-up to the Mount Isa Rodeo weekend were caught in a drug-testing unit operation.
Eleven of those drivers lived in Mount Isa, according to Brisbane-based Senior Constable Richard Leonars, who was sent to the North West to conduct the operation.
The high portion of Mount Isa-based drivers brings into question where the drug supply is coming from, with Senior Constable Leonars speculating the supply was Mount Isa-based, given the 900-kilometre distance from Townsville.
However, a Brisbane-based forensic laboratory could determine which locations the tested drugs had come from.
He said half the caught drivers were using methamphetamines, some of them also combining the stimulant drug with cannabis.

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Man to face drink-drive charge after High Court rules on bungled second test

Sydney Morning Herald Jane Lee 7 August 2015

A man who tried to challenge a police blood alcohol test will have to face a drink-driving charge after High Court ruling.  It was revealed that a doctor had not taken enough blood from Mr Dunstall to be analysed in a separate test.  Police appealed the decision all the way to the High Court, arguing that there was no evidence that the breath test was unreliable.

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